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Waiting for the Whales

by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Ron Lightburn

tagged: marine life, environment, multigenerational
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Description

Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award -- Illustration Winner of the CLA Amelia Frances Howard - Gibbon Illustrator's Award Winner of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award Winner of the IODE Book Award - Toronto Chapter

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 he has illustrated numerous other bestselling picture books and has become internationally renowned for his sensitive storytelling skills and range of illustration styles. For more information, visit www.thelightburns.com.
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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
  • , Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award
  • Winner, CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • , Governor General's Literary Award - Illustration
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice

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