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New in paperback--A lost young girl finds her way home when her spirit unites with that of a newborn grey whale. Whale Child tells the story of a little girl who is separated from her family and her village after a great earthquake. Escaping the shoreline in a canoe, she is swept far out to sea. Though lost and afraid, she realizes she is not alone. A grey whale is quietly guiding her to an unknown place--a secluded bay where the whale and many of her kind have gathered to welcome the new generation. Here, the grey whale gives birth to a daughter, and when the baby whale draws her first breath, she absorbs the spirit of the lost little girl. As one, the whale and the girl find their way back to the girl's village, where the girl--now strengthened by the spirit of the whale--is reunited with her family. Told in Caroll Simpson's signature lyrical writing style and beautifully illustrated with paintings that take inspiration from the traditional culture and natural environment of the Pacific Northwest Coast, Whale Child is sure to enchant children ages five to eight.
Caroll Simpson is the author and illustrator of Coastal Spirit Tales--a series of children's books that take inspiration from the art, mythology, and environment of the Pacific Northwest--and two board books for younger children, Creatures of the Land and Sky and Creatures of the Sea. She is also an educator who taught Indigenous art and drama to elementary school children for over twenty years.