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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099263494
ISBN-10: 0099263491
Format: Paperback
(138mm x 105mm x 4mm)
Pages: 32
Imprint: Red Fox
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Publish Date: 6-Aug-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


US Kirkus Review » 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.

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