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Waiting for the Whales
Facsimile edition
By (author): Sheryl McFarlane Illustrated by: Ron Lightburn
Sheryl McFarlane ,

Illustrated by :

Ron Lightburn


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Trade, Picture book, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover
Paperback , Trade, Picture book, Adhesive bound, Laminated cover


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
Mar 07, 2017
$14.95 CAD


9in x 8.25 x 0.13 in | 120 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


32 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Marine Life
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Family and home stories|Interest age: from c 3 years|Children’s picture books|Children’s / Teenage fiction: Nature and animal stories|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Whales, dolphins and porpoises|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Families and family members|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Death and grief
Vancouver Island
jC813/.54 23
CCBC Our Choice 1991, Commended CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award 1991, Winner Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award 1992, Winner Governor General's Literary Award - Illustration 1991, Winner IODE Book Award - Toronto Chapter 1992, Winner Today's Parent's Best Canadian Kids Books list selection 2015, Commended
  • Short Description
In this timeless picture book, an old man lives alone on a bluff overlooking the sea and awaits the whales’ return each year to the bay.
Rediscover a much-loved Orca classic.

Waiting for the Whales illuminates the unique friendship between grandparent and child and celebrates the restorative power of the natural world.

An old man lives alone on a bluff overlooking the sea, tends his garden and waits. Only when the whales return each year to the bay in front of his cottage is his loneliness eased. Until, one day, an unexpected visitor arrives. Originally published over thirty years ago, this award-winning picture book is sure to enchant a whole new generation of readers.

Sheryl McFarlane is the author of more than a dozen award-winning books for young readers. A former teacher, Sheryl loves bike riding, beachcombing and discovering new books for her grandchildren. She lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, where she keeps a little free library stocked with books for her friends and neighbors.

Ron Lightburn's career as a children's book illustrator was launched with his Governor General's Award-winning artwork for Waiting for the Whales in 1991. Since then he has illustrated numerous other bestselling picture books and has become internationally renowned for his sensitive storytelling skills and range of illustration styles.

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"The gentle, distancing tone is reflected in softly detailed color-pencil art, with careful compositions and dramatic shadows...Poetic and comforting." - Kirkus Reviews

"A delicate and beautifully executed book." - Canadian Literature

"Written in precisely cadenced prose, McFarlane's story about the cycles of life--while not a new theme--is so deftly handled that it becomes genuinely moving." - Publishers Weekly

"This beautifully written, sensitive story reflects on an important relationship between young and old...This text is skillfully enhanced by the accomplished artwork of Ron Lightburn...Twenty-five years later this enchanting book has been republished, proving that it is a classic appealing across the generations. It should be welcomed once again on the shelves in school libraries and classroom collections." - Resource Links

"Waiting for the Whales, a multi-award winning (for both author and illustrator) picture book, was described as 'timeless' when originally published in 1991. Twenty-five years later, it lives up to that praise, remaining very much a story for today. The premise, setting, themes and illustrative style still inspire in this classic story written from the heart…Be sure to add this gentle but captivating story to your picture book collection. Waiting for the Whales will remain a favorite to reread for generations to come." - CM Magazine

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