Description - The Whales' Song by Dyan Sheldon
Perfect mini picture books to collect and to treasure. Her grandmother's tales of the beautiful, enchanting whales' song that once filled the ocean leads Lily on a wondrous journey of imagination...
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(138mm x 105mm x 4mm)
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
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Lilly's grandmother tells her about whales: "...big as the hills...peaceful as the moon...wondrous..." When they were more numerous, she used go to the pier to hear them sing - perhaps in response to her gifts: a perfect shell or stone. Curmudgeonly Great-uncle Frederick counters such fantasies: "Whales were important for their meat, and for their...blubber." Still, Lilly dreams of whales, then throws them a single blossom from the pier. After a long day's wait, she is rewarded by seeing whales jump against the moon while "their singing filled the night." In a spare, poetic narrative, Sheldon captures a child's wonder at these magnificent creatures, echoed, in a splendid debut, in Blythe's generously broad oil paintings. His whales - viewed from near, unusual vantage points - are benignly heroic while, from dawn to moonlight, his sea and sky are beautifully observed; best are his lovely, perceptive portraits of the old woman's wise, lined face and Lilly's tousled curls and expressive eyes. Outstanding. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Dyan Sheldon
Dyan Sheldon (Author) Dyan Sheldon is the author of many books for young people, including Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and a number of stories for younger readers. She also writes books for adults. American by birth, she lives in north London.Gary Blythe (Illustrator) Gary Blythe is an award-winning illustrator. His first children's picture book, The Whales' Song, written by Dyan Sheldon, won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1990. Gary lives in the Wirral, near Liverpool.