Black Granny's Clan (Paperback)

Granny's Clan

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~ Staff Favorite: Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! The illustrations in this book are breathtaking and the real story about the affection and nurturing behavior of this orca clan will melt your heart. ~ Serenity


Meet the orca, Granny, and her family in this beautiful picture book based on the real-life orca clan in the Pacific Northwest. This beautifully written book will inspire any eager young reader with lyrical text that combines real science with a heartwarming story of family.

Like grandmothers everywhere, Granny the orca (killer whale), matriarch of her clan and of her pod, babysits, teaches, and plays with her orca grandchildren. She teaches them how to breathe through their blowholes, hunt for salmon, communicate by making sounds underwater, and how to escape from danger.

Perfect for any parent, grandparent, or teacher looking for a children's book about orca whales, marine mammals, or to help introduce marine biology to eager young minds (32 pp.).

Backmatter is included for older kids and adults as well with fascinating facts about orca's, the Pacific Northwest clan and pods and how scientists study this intelligent, social family unit. 


  • Written by Dr. Sally Hodson and Illustrated by Ann Jones.
  • Published by Dawn Publications, California, October 1, 2012.
  • Ages 4 - 10 years old.
  • 0.2” x 10.7” x 8.8” (0.35lbs.) 32pp.
  • Softcover

About the Author: Dr. Sally Hodson is a scientist and educator who writes about her experiences observing animals to inspire others to learn more. She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest and wrote Granny's Clan after working with the Whale Museum and other scientists study and try to help Granny's clan survive. A portion of her proceeds from the book, Granny's Clan, goes to scientific organizations that study and try to help the orca survive. Learn more at

About the Illustrator: Ann Jones lives on Orcas Island in the Pacific Northwest. As she was illustrating Granny's Clan with her beautiful pastels, she was lucky enough to have orca's swimming within her site.