Author(s): Julie Case; Lee White (Illustrator)
In this lyrical picture book with subtle conservation themes, a girl helps rescue a whale who has washed ashore. Here is a beautifully written, moving story that will appeal to all animal lovers, and to those interested in protecting our oceans and marine life.
Emma lives in a crooked house in an old whaling town, and often takes her dog, Nemo, to the beach. On their walks, they find amazing treasures, like shells and stones and sea glass-and even a loggerhead turtle. But one day, they find something completely unexpected- a baby whale, washed ashore. Emma empathizes with the animal's suffering, imagining what the whale is thinking and feeling. When the tide starts to come in, Emma pushes as the water swirls and rises, and eventually the whale swims free, back to her mother.
Julie Case lives in the Colorado mountains with her four kids, husband, and dog. Emma and the Whale was inspired by Julie's summers spent on Long Island, New York, where she still loves diving under waves and swimming in the ocean. This is her first children's book. Lee White is the illustrator of several books for children, including I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin, winner of the Pura Belpre Award; Arctic White by Danna Smith; Sophie's Fish by A. E. Cannon; and What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? by Judith Viorst. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at LeeWhiteIllustration.com.