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The Storm Whale (Hardcover)

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By Benji Davies, Benji Davies (Illustrator)
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Noi lives with his father and six cats in a cottage by the sea. His
father, a fisher, is gone all day, coming home in the evening. Noi,
often accompanied by a kitten, is lonely. Until (with a light touch of
magical realism) he finds a baby whale in distress on the beach, puts it
in his wagon, trundles it home, establishes it in the bath, feeds the
whale a pale of fish, and regales his guest with stories of life on the
island. Noi’s dad returns from a long day’s work, finds his son with his
new friend, comforts Noi with a hug, and then father and son row out in
the night sea to return the young whale to its element. In the
following pages we see Noi and his father together: painting, cooking,
enjoying a beach picnic, and whale watching. The book’s endpapers are of
an adult whale and baby whale moving through a depth of blue. The
illustrations are rich, round, and reminiscent of Leonard Weisgard’s
Caldecott winner Little Island. Grades Pre-K–K.

— Ga

Description


Every day, in a house by the sea, a little boy watches his father leave for a long day's work. One night, a great storm washes a small whale onto the beach. The boy discovers the whale is a good listener. The father discovers the boy is lonely. Together, they return the whale to the sea. And from that day on, the boy learns that the father can be a good listener too, in Benji Davies's heartwarming tale, The Storm Whale.

About the Author


Benji Davies is the author and illustrator of The Storm Whale. As a child, he was often found painting at the kitchen table . . . a habit he has continued into adulthood. He lives in London with his wife, Nina.

Benji Davies is the author and illustrator of The Storm Whale. As a child, he was often found painting at the kitchen table . . . a habit he has continued into adulthood. He lives in London with his wife, Nina.

Praise For…


“A quietly affecting and visually striking book.” —The Horn Book

“A gentle, atmospheric father and son tale, this will draw kids who appreciate a touch of mysticism and the parent-kid adventure.” —BCCB

“Charming.” —School Library Journal

“*This imaginative, offbeat and original tale, lightly dusted with believable magic, perfectly captures a generous child's loyalty and dedication and ends with comfort and subtlety . . . A selection children will embrace and come back to time and time again.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“Deeply empathic storytelling is matched by crisp, evocative scenes of coastal life, from the ramshackle, weathered home where Noi and his father live to the endless expanse of the ocean at night.” —Publisher's Weekly, STARRED REVIEW



Product Details
ISBN: 9780805099676
ISBN-10: 0805099670
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: September 30th, 2014
Pages: 32
Language: English
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Created At: 3/7/2014 08:25am
Last Updated At: 1/22/2020 06:29am