Waiting for the Whalesby Sheryl McFarlane, Ron Lightburn
In this timeless story set on the West Coast, an old man lives alone on a bluff overlooking the sea and tends his garden. And waits. Only when the whales return each year to the bay in front of his cottage is his loneliness eased. One day, his daughter and her baby return home to live with the old man, bringing a renewed sense of purpose to his life. As his granddaughter grows, the old man passes on a wealth of knowledge and wisdom as well as his passion for the whales. And each year they wait together for the whales to return. Waiting for the Whales suggests that aging and death is only part of a greater cycle of rebirth and continuity.
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The old man watched the pod of orcas leap and breach and smack their tail flukes against the water. And as he stood on the bluff, his heart leapt with the whales below. It seemed to him that there was nothing more wonderful than these great mammals of the sea.
Meet the Author
Sheryl McFarlane is the author of several award-winning books for young readers. A former teacher, Sheryl lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.sherylmcfarlane.ca. Follow her on Twitter @sherylbooks.
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. For more information, visit www.thelightburns.com and follow him on Twitter @ronlightburn.
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This story about the love between a grandfather and his grandchild will touch the hearts of every reader. I had this book read to me in my college children's literature class. I enjoyed this book so much I tracked down a copy of this book, which at the time was out of print.