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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 32
Themes: nature, multi-generations, environment, sea life, wild animals, grandparent, grandchild, family, generations
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 27/09/2016
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An old man lives alone on a bluff overlooking the sea, tends his garden and waits. Only when the whales return each year to the bay in front of his cottage is his loneliness eased. Until, one day, an unexpected visitor arrives.

Waiting for the Whales illuminates the unique friendship between grandparent and child and celebrates the restorative power of the natural world. Originally published twenty-five years ago, this award-winning picture book is sure to enchant a whole new generation of readers.

CM Magazine - October 4, 2017
"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."
Resource Links - December 2, 2016
"This beautifully written, sensitive story reflects on an important relationship between young and old...This text is skillfully enhanced by the accomplished artwork of Ron Lightburn...Twenty-five years later this enchanting book has been republished, proving that it is a classic appealing across the generations. It should be welcomed once again on the shelves in school libraries and classroom collections."
Kirkus Reviews - February 15, 1993
"The gentle, distancing tone is reflected in softly detailed color-pencil art, with careful compositions and dramatic shadows...Poetic and comforting."
Canadian Literature - January 1, 1992
"A delicate and beautifully executed book."
Publishers Weekly - January 1, 1992
"Written in precisely cadenced prose, McFarlane's story about the cycles of life--while not a new theme--is so deftly handled that it becomes genuinely moving."

Awards

Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award  | 1992 | Winner
Today's Parent's Best Canadian Kids Books list selection  | 2015 | Commended
CCBC Our Choice  | 1991 | Commended
Governor General's Literary Award - Illustration  | 1991 | Winner
IODE Book Award - Toronto Chapter  | 1992 | Winner
CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award  | 1991 | Winner
CCBC Best Books  | 2017 | Commended

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