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The Tale of the Whale

Illustrated by Padmacandra

    About The Book

    A child and a whale embark on a beautiful journey together in this lyrical, gorgeously illustrated picture book about friendship, hope, and love for the world around us in the vein of The Fisherman & the Whale and Cynthia Rylant’s Life.

    Where land becomes sky and sky becomes sea, I first saw the whale and the whale first saw me.

    A child joins a friendly whale for a magical journey of discovery. They sail the blue ocean, dance with dolphins, and tail-splash seagulls. But the child also sees an ocean filled with plastic trash. And that inspires a promise of help, for the whale and all earth’s creatures.

    About The Author

    Karen Swann grew up in the United Kingdom and trained as a physiotherapist. She now lives with her family in Nottingham and is a keen rock climber. Visit her at

    About The Illustrator

    Padmacandra grew up in Scotland, lives in Norfolk and graduated from the Cambridge School of Art. She is a Buddhist, poet, and artist. Visit her at

    Product Details

    • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 1, 2022)
    • Length: 32 pages
    • ISBN13: 9781534493940
    • Grades: P - 3
    • Ages: 4 - 8
    • Lexile ® AD580L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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