‘Where land becomes sky
and the sky becomes sea,
I first saw the whale and
the whale first saw me …’
So begins a lyrical journey that brings wonder, discovery and friendship, but also an uncomfortable realisation: plastic pollution and carelessness are destroying the ocean and the creatures who call it home.
Can we work together to change the future of the sea?
‘A rolling, rhyming text that scans and richly textured images celebrate the sea through a child’s lyrical journey on the back of a whale. With a concluding call to arms about clearing the ‘plastic soup’.’ The Sunday Times Culture Magazine: One to Watch Out For
‘Not since The Snowman has a journey conjured so much sheer joy, connection and imagination... empowering and positive, a book that explores our connection with the natural world, text and images working beautifully together.'’ Books for Keeps: Book of the Week
‘The combination of the melodic text, imagery and emotion make a strong connection so that when the call to action is given at the end of the tale, and the reader is invited to help the girl make a difference, it is fully likely that the audience will be 100% on board..’ Just Imagine
‘Karen’s lyrical words and Padmacandra’s majestic illustrations captivated us from start to finish. The Tale of the Whale is a masterful debut with exquisite illustrations. At the core of this heart-felt story of friendship, is a powerful reminder of everyone's individual responsibility to protect our planet from plastic pollution.’ Picture Book Perfect (Instagram)
‘This is a story of a voyage and a return; a poetic narrative picturebook with rolling rhymes & lush mixed-media illustrations…A treat for both the eye, the ear and the mind.’ Matt Tobin, Senior Lecturer in Education (Primary English with Children's Literature)
‘An instant bedtime favourite … The book takes you on a beautiful journey through the ocean as you watch the unfolding of a friendship between a child and a whale, and ends with the discovery that the ocean needs our help.’ Babyccino Kids
‘Padmacandra’s illustrations are truly gorgeous capturing both the friendship between child and majestic animal, and the richness and vibrancy of the oceans’ fauna. This is the debut picture book for both author and illustrator and it’s one where words and pictures work in perfect harmony. The observant among readers and listeners will spot the point in the story when plastic starts to be included in the subaquatic scenes.’ Red Reading Hub
‘The illustrations are stunning bringing the diverse life found in our oceans to life for the reader; there is a sense of wonder and exploration on every page … The story builds to a climax and the promise made by the child to help the whale before it is too late and the request to the reader to help too. This and the beautiful endpapers bring home the idea that every tiny act each individual does to protect our natural world will make a difference which is an important and empowering message for children to hear... This special picture book would work across a wide age range offering scope for cross- curricular work.’ A Library Lady blog
‘A beautiful story about a magical voyage through our oceans on a friendly humpback whale. The strong eco message about the 'plastic soup sea' becomes a positive message to the change the planet.’ Dandelion London