Every day, in a house by the sea, a little boy watches his father leave for a long day's work. One night, a great storm washes a small whale onto the beach. The boy discovers the whale is a good listener. The father discovers the boy is lonely. Together, they return the whale to the sea.Read more...
Every day, in a house by the sea, a little boy watches his father leave for a long day's work. One night, a great storm washes a small whale onto the beach. The boy discovers the whale is a good listener. The father discovers the boy is lonely. Together, they return the whale to the sea. And from that day on, the boy learns that the father can be a good listener too, in Benji Davies's heartwarming tale, The Storm Whale.
- ISBN-13: 9780805099676
- ISBN-10: 0805099670
- Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
- Publish Date: September 2014
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 9.8 x 11.2 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-06-30
- Reviewer: Staff
Noi’s father is a fisherman, and when he leaves early every morning, Noi knows “he wouldn’t be home again till dark.” But Noi’s solitary life (with the exception of the family’s six cats) ends when he discovers a baby whale washed up on the beach. He gives the whale a new home in his bathtub, plays it water-themed music (note the album of Handel’s Water Music by the tub), and tells it “stories about life on the island. The whale was an excellent listener.” The whale must go back to the sea, of course, but not before Noi’s father steps outside his grueling routine and recognizes how much his son yearns for companionship. This is a lovely story of familial rapprochement in every respect; in his debut as author, illustrator Davies’s (Railroad Hank) matter-of-fact but deeply empathic storytelling is matched by crisp, evocative scenes of coastal life, from the ramshackle, weathered home where Noi and his father live to the endless expanse of the ocean at night. There’s no big finish or obvious lesson, but the message about the importance of being seen is difficult to miss. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)