Waiting for the Whales by Sheryl McFarlane, Ron Lightburn (Illustrator)
This is a “classic” that should be on every child’s bookshelf as well as be read by all adults. A beautifully crafted, heart string story with depth.
This timeless story is set on the West Coast. An old man lives alone on a bluff overlooking the sea and tends to his garden. Each year, when the whales return to the bay in front of his cottage, his loneliness is somewhat 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 or knowledge and wisdom as well as his passion for the whales. And each year they wait together for the whales to appear.
The darker images light up with joy once the child enters his life. No words are needed when the gorgeous illustrations tell us that grandfather is no longer there, but mother and daughter wait for the whales to return as they always do.
This is a tale of the unique friendship between grandparent and child, but also of the circle of life and the promise of new life when an old one ebbs away.
Paperback, 32 pages, Orca Book Publishers ISBN
0920501966 (ISBN13: 9780920501962)