Little Whale

Little Whale - blog post image
BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)

Told through the eyes of a whale and her calf, this mesmerisingly beautiful book is a story of migration, family and the strength of parental love.

"We're going home, Little Whale," said her mother.

Travelling from the warm weather of the south, through coral reefs, kelp forests and glittering shoals of fish, Little Whale follows her mother north. For in the icy north is their family - but also great danger...

With its evocative charcoal drawings and lyrical storytelling, Jo Weaver's illustrations have the feel of an instant classic celebrating the tender relationship between parent and child.

My Thoughts

There are quite a few journey home, mother and infant animal books around but this one really brought a lump to my throat.  It is a simple story, beautifully told and supported by exquisite, floaty illustrations that draw you into a vast, seemingly endlessness ocean in which you feel safe and nurtured by the massive, gentle mother whale.  

A restful, dreamlike story which would make a calming bedtime read for sleepy toddlers.  

I have quite a few sea stories on The Bookshelf at the moment, so watch out for next month's 'sea themed' charity The Marine Conservation Society.

My copy of Little Whale will now go a local school library as part of the fabulous BookBuddy initiative. If you are a teacher, or a prolific reader with books to spare, do check it out and help to share the joy of reading.

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