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Monday 16 September 2019

Review: Storm Whale

With whales travelling up and down the coast seeking warmer waters, we have a general fascination with these graceful creatures of the sea. 

Sarah Brennan’s story highlights this fascination and the bonds that are forged between humans and whales.

On a bleak and stormy day, three sisters on holiday are walking into town along the beach when they discover a stranded whale. 

The three girls do everything they can to help the whale in the stormy conditions, which play havoc with their efforts.

With the weather closing in for the night, the girls are forced to leave the whale. They have no choice and are saddened that they could not free the whale. 

Returning home to their family and the warmth of the cottage they are staying in, they are sad the whale is still stranded.

While the storm rages outside, the girls cannot sleep as they listen to the howling wind and rain.

When the storm finally clears, the girls race down to the beach to discover debris littered all over the beach. Will the whale still be stranded on the beach or did the storm free him back into the sea?

This carefully crafted story with its poetic rhythm and illustrations embrace the bleak weather and desperation of the girls trying to rescue the stranded whale. Shortlisted and nominated for a number of awards including The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the Children’s Book of the Year 2018, this story is so much more than a picture book.

Title: Storm Whale
Author: Sarah Brennan
Illustrator: Jane Tanner
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $14.99
Publication Date: 6 May 2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760875442
For ages: 4 +
Type: Picture Book