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Waiting for the Whales

by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Ron Lightburn

tagged: marine life, environment, multigenerational
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publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Description

In this timeless story set on the West Coast, an old man lives alone on a bluff overlooking the sea and tends his garden. And waits. Only when the whales return each year to the bay in front of his cottage is his loneliness eased. One day, his daughter and her baby return home to live with the old man, bringing a renewed sense of purpose to his life. As his granddaughter grows, the old man passes on a wealth or knowledge and wisdom as well as his passion for the whales. And each year they wait together for the whales to appear. A gentle story that illuminates the unique friendship between grandparent and child, Waiting for the Whales also suggests that aging and death are only part of a greater cycle of rebirth and continuity.

About the Authors
Sheryl McFarlane is the author of more than a dozen award-winning books for young readers. A former teacher, Sheryl loves bike riding, beachcombing and discovering new books for her grandchildren. She lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, where she keeps a little free library stocked with books for her friends and neighbors. For more information, visit www.sherylmcfarlane.ca.
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Ron Lightburn's career as a children's book illustrator was launched with his Governor General's Award–winning artwork for Waiting for the Whales in 1991. Since then his artwork has graced the covers of more than sixty books. Ron and his partner, Sandra, live in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
6 to 8
Grade:
p to k
Awards
  • Commended, Today's Parent's Best Canadian Kids Books list selection
  • Winner, IODE Book Award - Toronto Chapter
  • Winner, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice
  • Winner, CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award - Illustration
Editorial Reviews

"The gentle, distancing tone is reflected in softly detailed color-pencil art, with careful compositions and dramatic shadows...Poetic and comforting."

— Kirkus Reviews

"This gentle and poignant tale features striking photorealist coloured-pencil artwork."

— Canadian Children's Book Centre Classic Canadian Reading

"Waiting for the Whales, a multi-award winning (for both author and illustrator) picture book, was described as 'timeless' when originally published in 1991. Twenty-five years later, it lives up to that praise, remaining very much a story for today. The premise, setting, themes and illustrative style still inspire in this classic story written from the heart…Be sure to add this gentle but captivating story to your picture book collection. Waiting for the Whales will remain a favorite to reread for generations to come."

— CM Magazine

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