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Shh! The Whale Is Smiling
     

Shh! The Whale Is Smiling

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by Josephine Nobisso, Maureen Hyde (Illustrator)
 

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While the rest of her family sleeps, a young girl takes her little brother—whom she knows will be frightened by the windstorm raging around their seaside house—on an imaginary voyage with his favorite animal, the humpback whale. The bed lifts and the waters welcome them as they embark on an undersea odyssey to swim and breach with the gentle creature

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While the rest of her family sleeps, a young girl takes her little brother—whom she knows will be frightened by the windstorm raging around their seaside house—on an imaginary voyage with his favorite animal, the humpback whale. The bed lifts and the waters welcome them as they embark on an undersea odyssey to swim and breach with the gentle creature who rocks them gently to sleep in a rumbling, shimmering hammock made of waves.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Maureen Hyde's beautiful full color artwork aptly showcases this original and memorable storybook fable.”  —Children's Bookwatch
Children's Literature
From the award-winning creators of Grandpa Loved and Grandma's Scrapbook, comes the newly revised version of a beautiful bedtime lullaby. In this charming tale, an older sister shows kindness and affection for her younger brother when she comforts him one night during a terrible windstorm. With soothing words and reassuring hugs, she works like a master storyteller and quickly quells the young boy's fears. As her rhythms fill the air, the pair embarks on a magical journey to a fantasy underwater world, where they plunge beneath the ocean's surface and swim with a gentle whale and other sea creatures. During their adventure, they twirl and whirl, dance and sway, and laugh and play. As the whale smiles and sings his song, the two children are transported to an enchanting place where their fears and worries no longer control their thoughts. By the end of this delightful story, the young boy is nestled in his warm bed fast asleep, oblivious to the storm outside his window, with his loving sister by his side. This wonderful picture book is the perfect antidote for those stormy nights when children's imaginations tend to run wild. It's a great bedtime read-aloud for young children. 2000 (orig. 1992), Gingerbread House,
— Debra Briatico
Jim McKenna
Delightful. I will be using this one for kindergarten and first grade. 
Storyreader, Books Come Alive
Midwest Book Review
Delightfully written for young readers 3-7. Beautiful full-color artwork showcases this original and memorable storybook. 
Copley News Service
Gentle, lilting and full of sibling love and adventure, this is a perfect bedtime tale.
Childrens Bookwatch
Maureen Hyde's beautiful full color artwork aptly showcases this original and memorable storybook fable.
Scribes World
The words and rhythm flow as smoothly as the whale swims...great to read to very small children...soft, soothing, encourage a child to relax. 
About.com; Books for Kids
(The) poetry is magical and sure to calm the little, wide-eyed voyager who is having trouble getting to sleep. Maureen Hydes' beautiful artwork enhances the narrative.
Dr. Kain
This lullaby will indeed help children at bedtime, but be prepared—it is one that will be read over and over again!
Parent and Educator
The Ephrata Review
Subdued and mystical. A lullaby to soothe and charm.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780940112063
Publisher:
Gingerbread House
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.22(d)
Age Range:
2 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Josephine Nobisso is the author of Grandpa Loved and Grandma's Scrapbook. She lives in Westhampton Beach, New York.

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Shh! The Whale Is Smiling 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Naneka More than 1 year ago
Delightful Book to woo a child to sleep! The illustrations enhance the gentle lilting message to put a child to sleep.