“Richly composed and sweetly appealing—just right for baby storytimes as well as one-to-one sharing.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Perfectly suitable as a read-aloud.” —School Library Journal
Take a deep breath and dive into a day in the life of a baby whale, told with luminous illustrations and spare text, with a fresh twist on a timeless message.
Swim! Play all day. Breathe.
This simply told story follows a young whale on a journey of discovery as he experiences his first day at sea on his own! He swims, explores, and makes friends in his marine habitat. After a day of independence, this little whale delights in returning home to his mother. Young readers will be drawn to Scott Magoon’s reassuring story of adventure.
Magoon (The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot!) rejoices in the life of a young beluga whale, focusing on images of serenity and encouragement over educational aims or warnings of environmental danger. By alternating underwater scenes with commands to breathe, Magoon provides an immediate sense of how the pace and scale of a whale's life differs from that of a human. "Breathe, little whale!" he begins, as the smiling beluga, seen next to its mother, lets out a puff of watery spray. Magoon's digital illustrations add piquant touches of special-effects magic: trails of sparkly bubbles follow the diving whales in the icy-blue water, the depths of a vertical spread glow with a bioluminescent green, tendrils of sound curl out from the small whale to fill the ocean ("Listen to the sea. Sing"). Arctic animals and fish dot the landscape, and mother is always nearby: "Most of all, love... be loved." It's a pleasure simply to enjoy the beluga's existence, though readers should readily recognize that Magoon's directives to "make new friends" and "find another way up" apply to them, too. Ages 4 8.