A Story Inspired by a True Event
Hans Wilhelm - All books by this author
Young children will be riveted by the story of Little Whale, a young calf who goes everywhere with his Mama. Every day as they swim through the waves, Little Whale feels happy and safe whenever he sees their shadows side by side on the ocean floor. One day, Little Whale sees a school of stingrays cruising by and he quickly races after them. He doesn’t think he’s gone too far when he suddenly looks down and sees only one shadow! Mama Whale is nowhere to be found…and now he’s stuck in big fishing net! Now Little Whale is in deep trouble . . . . Children will race to the end of this story to learn the outcome, discovering the real-life story that inspired this entertaining book. Little Whale in Deep Trouble includes lots of engaging facts about Humpback Whales that will encourage kids to learn more about these gentle giants. It’s an excellent resource for children as they strive to meet state standards in English Language Arts. Pssst…it’s a fun read too! (Ages 4–7)
From the Reviews:
"Simple prose will appeal to preschoolers, who will identify with Oscar’s insecurity without his mother. Young children will also relate to those first forays without a parent and the comfort of being reunited. Older readers will be interested in the back matter, which includes a description of the real-life event, information about humpback whales, and a diagram of the whale. The illustrations are digitally created and add a lot of expression to Oscar—readers can see all of his worries and his eventual happiness when ultimately everything turns out just fine. VERDICT: A tale of environmental awareness for preschoolers."
School Library Journal
"One can never read too many books, especially to children. With absolute pleasure, we were able to review Little Whale in Deep Trouble. This delightful read takes you on a magical journey to explore the majestic humpback whale that lives in the depths of the ocean. This is a 32-page hardcover book that can be read in one sitting, although your reader or listener will probably want to explore either via Internet or library more on the subject of whales when finished. This could be a wonderful unit study to explore the humpback whale for those in pre-kindergarten to upper elementary. This book also provides numerous discussion starters, such as life of a whale, taking care of our oceans, a human’s vital role in caring for the planet, an emergency plan if you find an animal in trouble and knowing who to call for help. Another way to incorporate this book into your homeschool is using the information as inspired creativity to create works of art, painting with different materials to re-tell the story of Oscar and his journey of being caught in a fishing net, rescued by humans, and then set free again. What a powerful story your students could tell using their imagination and some color. This book created an awareness for my kids that is hard to describe unless you show them through an inspired story, like Little Whale in Deep Trouble. This book was such a delightful read, and we would recommend incorporating this story into your child’s exploration of marine animals, ocean life, or caring for the planet. What a wonderful way to propose a new topic and keep learning exciting and fun! For those “outside of the box” thinkers, there are several ways for this book to help you explore the endless possibilities of creativity. Be inspired along the journey!"
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, www.theoldschoolhouse.com
About The Author:
Hans Wilhelm has written and illustrated more than 150 books for children and adults, and has won numerous international awards. He was born in Bremen, Germany, and lived in Africa for many years. He now lives in an old farmhouse in Weston, CT, where a converted stable serves a his studio.
Hardcover / 32 Pages / 10 3/4 x 9 3/4 / 2017