Abigail the Whale

Abigail the Whale

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Abigail dreads swimming lessons. Every time she dives into the pool, she makes a big splash, and all the girls in her class shout: Abigail's a whale!” Abigail can see that she is larger than the other girls. She feels huge, heavy, and out of place. Abigail's swimming teacher takes her aside and points out: we can change how we see ourselves. He offers a creative visualization technique she can use to feel bolder, more confident, and more accepting of herself. Abigail tries it out in challenging situations that week--walking home in the dark, eating her vegetables, trying to fall asleep. Illustrations in the book show her perspective morphing powerfully to match her new thought patterns. Next time she's in swimming class, instead of feeling heavy, Abigail thinks sardine, eel, barracuda, shark! She starts to figure out how to draw on mindfulness, creative thinking, resilience, and positive self-esteem to embrace exactly who she is. This picture book supports social/emotional learning and serves as a perfect jumping-off point for topics like bullying, empathy, confidence, and creative problem solving.
Publisher: Toronto : Owlkids Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9781771471985
Branch Call Number: JP Cali
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations ; 24 x 31 cm


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VaughanPLMallory Nov 09, 2016

VaughanPLMallory thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8


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VaughanPLMallory Nov 09, 2016

A great little read about the power of positive thinking! Abigail doesn't like swimming lessons because she thinks she's too big and too heavy, and is being bullied by the other kids who shout "Abigail is a whale" when she dives in. When her teacher tells her "We are what we think" she decides to try it, and thinks she is a kayak, a surfboard, a submarine, a speedboat and can swim faster and better!
While each page contains nice short sentences, I recommend this picture book to older kids (4-8) due to some of the name calling and stereotyping.


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VaughanPLMallory Nov 09, 2016

"'We are what we think,' her teacher said."


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