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Bob Staake’s tale of a whale of a friendship!
Something big had come ashore. It seemed to have a tail.
Pixie now was staring at . . . a giant washed-up whale!
Pixie Picklespeare lives on a tiny island where there’s no one to play with . . . until a friendly whale washes ashore. With Pixie’s help (sort of), Beachy is soon back in the water, where the two play marvelous games. However, Beachy knows he must migrate to be with other whales. As he disappears into the deep, Pixie feels that she’s lost her dear friend forever. But when he returns months later, Pixie learns that at special times of the year, she and Beachy will be together again!
Alone in her island lighthouse, Pixie Picklespeare is bored but not for long. A whale gets stranded on her beach, and now she has a new problem: "She pushed the whale/ She heaved and shoved./ He just had too much blubber!" Staake (My Pet Book) plays up the contrast between the enormous midnight-blue whale ("Hello my name is Beachy!") and tiny Pixie, whose tongue lolls out from the exhaustion of trying to free her new friend. Yet the two share the same wide-eyed glee in a characteristically Staake salute to mid-20th-century cartoon art. High tide frees Beachy, and the two enjoy deep-ocean fun in a series of spreads, diving, leaping, and tumbling as Pixie rides on Beachy's back and follows him under the waves. She's heartbroken when he migrates ("Beachy listened to his heart./ It told him Time to sail!' "), but he returns after a few pages. Staake's adventure offers eye-popping color, a wealth of sea life, and the entrancing vision of a companion who appears intimidating but is actually as devoted as a puppy. Ages 3 7.