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The Heart of a Whale

Anna Pignataro

In this beautiful story of kindness and empathy, loneliness and love, one creature finds that the help he needs is just a song and a sigh away. Now available as a board book--a perfect new baby gift!

Whale's beautiful song winds its way through the ocean, reaching the farthest of faraways. His song is one of happiness and hope, magic and wonder--and Whale's fellow sea creatures are calmed, cheered, and lulled by it. But though Whale sings his tender song day after day, night after night, he wonders why he has no song to fill his empty heart. So when he lets out a mournful sigh, the ocean carries it like a wish through its fathoms, bringing it to just the right place.

Filled with stunning art and poetic text, this poignant story reminds us that being kind and helping a friend in need are sometimes the most beautiful things of all.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Philomel Books
  • Publish Date: Nov 12nd, 2024
  • Pages: 30
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.31lb
  • EAN: 9780593692608
  • Recommended age: 03-07
  • Categories: Animals - Marine LifeSocial Themes - Emotions & FeelingsSocial Themes - Friendship

About the Author

Anna Pignataro is an award-winning and bestselling author who has created more than sixty books for children. Her books have been featured on children's television programs and are published around the world and in many languages. Anna lives on the beach in Victoria, Australia, with her husband and daughter. You can visit Anna online at and follow her on Instagram @AnnaPignataroBooks.

Praise for this book

Praise for The Heart of a Whale

"A picture book . . . that touches on the wistfulness of solitude and the joy of finding a companion." --The Wall Street Journal

* "Lyrical text . . . dreamlike . . . A sweet cetacean story." --Kirkus Reviews, *STARRED REVIEW*

* "This visually stunning story is as beautiful to see as it is to read." --SLJ, *STARRED REVIEW*

"This is a quiet, gentle love story that will appeal to youngsters." --Booklist

"The text is lyrical and imagistic . . . the illustrations evince an undulating dreaminess. This is a calming and peaceful bedtime readaloud." --BCCB