This Japanese import supports concept learning on multiple levels, from counting and animals (including predator-prey relationships) to delayed gratification, and the wealth of storytelling detail on each double-page spread rewards repeat viewing. But in the end, that's all gravy: this book is fun. Who wouldn't want a ride on this whale of a good time? - Claire E. Gross, Horn Book
Totally engaging, the book offers multiple forms of participation...it's a whale of a fun ride! - Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
This is a tale rich with opportunities for learning. Preschoolers will enjoy counting, noting relative sizes, and naming the animals; slightly older children will appreciate reading the witty repartee and solving the mystery. This makes a great choice for STEM story hours. - Kay Weisman, Booklist Review
"Author-illustrator Tomoko Ohmura offers a comical lesson in linear and numerical progression in his clever The Long, Long Line... It's a whale of a tale that kids will want to experience again and again."
- Books for Kids Blog
Patience is rewarded, for both the reader and the animals in the long, long line. ... Cleverly constructed, with gentle humour, Tomoko Ohmura's simple story is enhanced with delightful drawings. - Reesa Cohen, Canadian Review of Materials
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