The Tale of the Whale: A poignant environmental story

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The Tale of the Whale by Karen Swann and Padmacandra

The Tale of the Whale is a wonderful story about friendship. But also the importance of taking care of our beautiful planet and wildlife within in. A fantastic introduction to talking about the environment and how we can protect it.

Where land becomes sky and the sky becomes sea,
I first saw the whale, and the whale first saw me.
And high on the breeze came his sweet-sounding song –
‘I’ve so much to show you, if you’ll come along

A photo of the inside of The Tale of the Whale

From sailing the blue sea with turtles and rays to flying to the ice capped sea, the child and whale travel together. Throughout The Tale of the Whale, the illustrations are vibrant and captivating. However, this is not simply a great story about friendship. But a poignant message about plastic pollution and how we have a responsibility, to prevent the plastic soup sea.

A photo from inside the picture book.

Questions that you might like to use to discuss this book with children

  • Why and how does the mood of the book change?
  • What can we learn from the story? We can learn…for example…
  • How are different animals affected by the actions of humans?
  • What ways can we help reduce plastic pollution and protect our environment?

This book was sent to me by Scallywag Press in exchange for an honest review.

Which books have you read along this theme?

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