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'Bleak was the day and the wind whipped down, when I and my sisters walked to town...' So begins the story of three sisters and their wild and magical encounter with a whale, stranded on a beach. With illustrations full of light and movement, a powerful text that reads like a ballad, children and adults alike will be transported to beachside holidays of long ago, feel the wind in their hair and taste the salt spray, as the girls battle against huge odds to save something precious and vulnerable. The artwork moves from black and white to full colour and is expansive and nostalgic. Both author and illustrator are passionate about the natural world and environmental issues and see the book as a way to encourage others to care.

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5th September '17
I read it to Ellielebugjnr aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
Old barn books sent Sophie this beautiful book today. They had a lovely little postcard which Sophie has put proudly on her table, she loves post for herself. We have Bee and Me also from this publishers and they have many interesting books we have on our wish list especially the ABC pop up collection.
Sophie really enjoyed the front cover - Storm Whale is etched in the book so she can feel the letters, this was lovely to go through each letter with her. The illsutrations by Jane Turner are beautiful and heart warming, a very rustic natural drawings.  Sarag Brennans Storm Whale tale is one perfect for Autumn with a hot chocolate and a quilt tucked up to read by a fire. Its a rhyming story which keeps little ones intrested. and not too much on each page. Two girls go down by the beach and find a stranded whale on a cold windy day. Its a bit dark the story when it talks that the whale could die, but its truthful and honest and about nature. Its very reminiscent of watching an Attenborough documentary. The girls tried to help by helping splash water on him and praying but failed to set him free and went home to a fire but couldn't sleep. The next morning they went down in their pjs and the wild storm had set the whale free.  Its honest and endearing. I read this to Sophie and she said oh no, when the Whale was stranded and she jumped for joy when he was free, she really took this story to heart, it was lovely to see.
12th September '17
I read it to Year2 aged 6 to 7
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5 stars
The Storm Whale is a beautifully written and illustrated book where sisters find a stranded whale during a storm whilst on holiday.  Language choices are quite mature but are perfect for a year 2 child, discovering and magpie-ing alternative verbs and adjectives. It is hugely descriptive - I love the descriptions of the storm! The story is written in rhyme helping to build on the emotion of the plot. The children were very pleased that there was a happy ending!! 

The rhythm of the story would make it suitable for younger children but most suited to children aged 7 and up. 
6th September '17
I read it to MLK aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
My daughter received this book yesterday from old Barn books, it came with a cute little post card signed from Sarah Brennan and Jane Tanner. 
My daughter studied the front cover in great detail, she kept running her finger over the letters of the book title saying each letter as she went. The title is etched in to the book along with the author and illustrators name. The beautiful drawing on the front cover makes the the book really appealing, the sea is almost inviting you in. 
The book is about three sisters that go down to the beach one blustery day and find a stranded whale, my daughter did get quite concerned at one point, when it says about the whale maybe dying but she was so happy at the end when the whale was gone. 
The story has the most lovely  poetic text, the language in the book is quite different to your average children's book, even though there are some more complex words that you wouldn't usually associate with a children's book, the book is lovely read aloud.  It has a lovely flow to it.
The beautiful illustrations throughout the book just add to the beauty of it. Every single page has the most beautiful illustration, my daughter kept rubbing her fingers over the pages, she seemed to be taking it every last bit of the illustration. 

I would definitely reccomend this book, it's truly beautiful.  
7th September '17
I read it to Squirt aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Such beautiful pictures in this gorgeous book, we looked at them for a long time. A mix of black and while sketchy drawings and bright happy pages really showed the mood of the story as the children find the whale beached on the same, struggle to save it and think it might die. My daughter got a little worried but it turns out ok in the end! 
The text is like a poem, with quite a few words my daughter didn't understand-but if you don't read stories with unusual words in your children won't learn them! We had a few moments where we stopped the story to talk about what a word might mean. A nice story with a happy ending, and such amazing illustrations. 
9th September '17
I read it to Batman aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
A beautiful story which tells the tale of a whale beaches and truly expresses how the whale must feel, through words and colours in the pictures also expressed the feelings which I felt was very clever. 
Levi loved how the story all rhymed and was very inquisitive as to whether it really happens, which in turn made him more of the environment. 
10th September '17
I read it to Finnmonster14 aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Beautifully illustrated story with amazing embossed hardback cover. 
Lovely written rhyming story, although my partner felt that the storyline was quite dark for the age rating (he wasn't comfort discussing death with our 3yr old) however, I feel quite differently. Our son is at a great age and when any questions where asked, I answered truthfully and he was happy. He loves the story and has requested to read his 'special' story (it's out first giveaway win) every night since receiving it. Thank you very much.
13th September '17
I read it to Chickpea aged 2 aged 2
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4 stars
This is the newest addition to our bookcase. It's about 3 sisters who discover a whale trapped on the beach and who then try to save it but are forced to leave when a storm sets in. 

The book is beautiful with very realistic drawings which chop and change between black and white and colour to suit the mood of the story. The prose is gorgeous and although my little girl doesn't understand all of the words yet she likes the flow of the story and understands enough to get the gist of what is going on. This is a very emotive book and is lovely for bedtime. Would recommend. 
10th September '17
I read it to Little One aged 3 aged 3
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4 stars
My daughter was so excited to read this book. She adores going to the beach and the front cover of the book reminded her of visiting the beach with her cousins.
Unlike her visits to the beach the sisters in this book find a whale stranded. They are concerned and do their upmost best to keep this whale alive. Reluctantly they return home but the whale is not forgotten and on everybodys mind. Thankfully this is a book with a happy ending and on return to the beach the next day the sisters cannot find the whale. Readers discover that the whale infact is safe in the water, in the ocean.  
The tones used in the illustrations are representative of the mood of the story. The illustrations, like the language are powerful and uplifting.
There is no denying that in parts the story is quite dark, questioning the survival of the whale but also using language such as "hell" and "demon" which for many three year olds is too mature. However, with the use of the pictures the story is not lost.
My daughter was absorbed whilst this was being read to her. She felt so sad for the whale but was delighted to know that the whale was ok in the end. It made us discuss nature in great detail and what is needed for ocean animals to survive.
This is a powerful book opening childrens eyes to an aspect of beach life that they perhaps will not have experienced before. It will definitely be a book that is not forgotten and a brilliant book to share in a school setting when discussing ocean animals, nature and the compassion and respect the girls have for keeping the "Storm Whale" alive.
8th September '17
I read it to Lil aged 2 aged 2
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3 stars
I think the story itself is beautiful and very loving, calm and perfect for bedtime. But I did find that some may be a little hard for children to understand, especially some of the longer words. Beautiful pictures though
25th September '17
I read it to Ckelly2013 aged 4 aged 4
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3 stars
I wasn't keen on this book. I found it difficult to read. My daughter seemed to like it and has asked for me to read it again. I will give it another go and see if it changes my mind about it 
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About Sarah Brennan

Sarah Brennan is Hong-Kong based and her 'Chinese Calendar Tales' regularly make the bestseller charts there. She is also a Writer Ambassador for Room to Read. Jane Tanner (illustrator) studied Printmaking and Painting and taught for several years before becoming a full-time illustrator, in 1984. She is well-loved in her native Australia and has won or been...

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Sarah Brennan is based in Hong Kong and her 'Chinese Calendar Tales' regularly make the bestseller charts there. She is also a Writer Ambassador for Room to Read. Jane Tanner studied printmaking and painting and taught for several years before becoming a full-time illustrator, in...

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