A Small Blue Whale
By Beth Ferry
Illustrated by Lisa Mundorff
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Scheduled release date: October 24, 2017
Beth Ferry’s book Land Shark is on one of our children’s state book award reading list, so I was so excited to see a digital ARC of this on Edelweiss!
A small blue whale waits patiently for just the right friend to come along, all the while wondering what friendship looks, sounds, feels, and tastes like. Does it look like the beautiful, colorful rising sun? Does it feel like the warmth of the bright sun? As he waits, the sweet-looking whale wonders these things about friendship. After a long wait he sees (and feels) what may be the friend he’s been waiting for, a small pink cloud, and follows the unusual friend through the water where they ultimately encounter a playful trio of penguins. As the whale happily joins the penguins on the ice, he soon finds himself stuck. As the penguins come to his rescue, our sweet whale is finally able to fully understand what friendship is!
This was such a beautiful story about being patient and staying positive. What I loved about this book was the consistently positive attitude of the small blue whale. Throughout the story, the sweet whale happily and patiently waited, remaining optimistic that the right friend would come along. What a wonderful message for our young readers! In our fast-paced world, where we are often rushing to get things done, this book reminds us that good things do come to those who wait.
This wonderful story of patience and friendship is accompanied by adorable pastel toned illustrations by Lisa Mundroff who, throughout most of the story, has given the sweet whale a content expression to support his patient, optimistic personality.