Little Whale

illus. by Jo Weaver. 32p. Peachtree. Oct. 2018. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781682630495.
PreS-Gr 3—Soft whale-gray/blue charcoal drawings render a realistic picture of a gray whale and her calf making their epic journey from warm southern birth waters to the cold waters of their northern "home." Little Whale is puzzled by the long swim, not knowing what "home" means, and keeps asking "Are we nearly there?" like any impatient youngster. They pass kelp forests and coral reefs, evade shipping vessels, and elude orcas on their long migration to join "family" in the north. The simple, comforting text and the graceful illustrations keep perfect time, lending a quiet satisfaction to a story perfect for bed/laptime. Inviting to the eye and gently informative, this is a soft introduction to gray whales and animal migrations.
VERDICT Pair this great read-aloud with Sharon Kate Cooper's informative When Whales Cross the Sea: The Gray Whale Migration for a second look at these majestic creatures.

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