There’s something about mothers and their young, isn’t there?
I liked Jo Weaver’s Little One, and now she’s produced Little Whale, which is about a new whale travelling home to the north with his mother. It’s a long swim, and there are many dangers en route. But you’re safe when your mum’s with you. That’s the message.
This is another beautiful picture book, with dreamlike, almost monochrome illustrations. Perhaps whales aren’t quite as cute as bears (you can’t go wrong with a bear), but Jo does a good job of making these enormous creatures look – almost – sweet.
What’s more, you learn something new. I didn’t really know about grey whales and how they journey for 12,000 miles to get home, after giving birth in warmer waters. Hopefully I will remember this.