A Whale Of A Tale
by Bill Kirk
"A Whale Of A Tale" tells the story of a young lad who lives with his mom in a seaport village. His Sea Captain father passed away years before, lost at sea. The boy longs to join the crew of a whaling ship to go to sea just as his father had before him. One day while he is down by the shoreline, the boy sees a baby whale stranded on shore at low tide and the whale's mother is unable to get her baby back into the water. The boy finds a way to keep the baby whale safe while the tide is slowly coming back in, eventually returning the baby to its mother. Later, the memory of that day will be recalled when the boy finally comes of age and goes to sea on a whaling ship. A gale storm soon hits the ship. Sails torn and tattered, can they get home?
Now this is not the length of my typical children’s books I receive, but my son and I really loved this story. We both love these old fashioned ships with the giant sails. The black and white illustrations were perfect for the story. The black and white makes me feel like my imagination is really in that time period. One thing that is amazing about this book is the rhyming. The entire story is written in rhyme, and I will say one of the best jobs of rhyming I have ever seen in a book. This was huge for my 6 year old son because he does enjoy reading rhymes. It helps him with sounding out words because he knows that the next line should sound like the previous. I could see this book being in a younger classroom for helping children with rhythm and cadence. We think this is an instant classic for your home or classroom library. The illustrations are great, the story is great. Just overall, one of the better books I’ve come across in a while.
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