The Stranded WhaleBook - 2015 | First edition.
Sally and her brothers are walking home from school along the dunes in their Maine town when they come upon an enormous whale. He's stranded on the beach. Her brother runs for help, and many people rally to respond, but the tide is going out quickly and the whale is just so big. Still, Sally is able to sit near the whale's massive eye and tell him he's beautiful and strong, and that she will miss him no matter what happens. Master storyteller Jane Yolen and illustrator Melanie Cataldo have created an authentic portrait of vulnerability that is at once spare, moving, and honest.
From Library Staff
I love that Yolen continues the story beyond the whale, to Sally's tormented state after the event, to explore how that experience has affected her.
A sensitive look at how beaching affects the community around it, with extra information at the back that tells you what to do if you encounter a beached whale.