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Little Whale
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Little Whale

by Jo Weaver

Voyage through the warm, southern seas with a new whale calf and its mother.

Together, Little Whale and Gray Whale swim under midnight skies and through coral reefs teeming with life as they migrate to the cool, rich waters of the north to feed. Gray Whale gently guides her baby along the way, keeping Little Whale safe from passing ships and dangerous predators. At long last, the echo of a whale song calls to them through icy water and they know . . . they are home.

With gentle text and stunning monochromatic illustrations, Jo Weaver reveals the wonder of nature, the excitement of discovery, and the strength of parental love.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-049-5
Publication Date: 10/1/2018
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-5/8″ x 10-5/8″
Age Range: 3 – 7
Language: English
AR Level: 2.6
F&P: GRL M, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: AD530L
Themes: Caregiving, Motherhood, Family, Home, Migration
BISAC 1: JUV002170 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Marine Life
BISAC 2: JUV013040 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / New Baby
BISAC 3: JUV039090 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / New Experience


“A soothing and appealing read-aloud, this lovely look under the sea may spark scientific curiosity in listeners.” —Kirkus Reviews

“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.” —School Library Journal

“Weaver’s lyrical text is accompanied by stunning charcoal illustrations, which beautifully capture this habitat, both above and below the water line.” —Booklist

“In broad, charcoal-rendered illustrations, Weaver presents the whales’ beautiful—sometimes perilous—journey.” —Publishers Weekly

“Dreamy” —Foreword Reviews


Parents’ Choice Recommended Award —Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2018

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Jo Weaver

Jo Weaver worked in international development and as a support worker at a center for the homeless before turning to illustration. She has an MA in children’s book illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. Little One is her first picture book. She lives in England. You can visit her website here.