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Dear Professor Whale

By Megumi Iwasa

Illustrated by Jun Takabatake

ISBN 9781776572076

Gecko Press

One of the pleasures from reading a book published by Gecko Press, is the feel-good feeling you are left with when you close the cover. Dear Professor Whale is one such book that left me with a smile on my face.

This is a follow-up to Yours sincerely, Giraffe. It shares the same pleasure and wonder of written letters and new friendships discovered through correspondence. We are so caught up in the story, that we totally accept and believe that two whales are writing to each other across the seas. We also believe that seal is the one delivering the letters. Professor is the only whale for miles around. He misses his old friends who left Whale Point sometime ago. Once, they used to hold the Whale Point Olympics and he misses all the fun and laughter from those special days. When a letter from young whale Wally, is delivered to him, a friendship develops. Their letters go back and forth and it isn’t long before Professor Whale is keen to hold a new Olympics and so invites his old friends and Wally to be part of a grand event. 

So yes! There is a new Olympics and whales, penguins, seals and even a giraffe come for the special event. Professor Whale is most excited to see his old friends but also to meet his new friend, Wally who has been writing to him. They also discover a connection between them which is special.

There are a couple of special moments where animals make decisions that have consequences for themselves, but the end result shows us the true meaning of friendship. This book reminds us of the important values in life; friendships, communications, caring and of course, fun and teamwork. Short chapters, illustrations, and a good size font make this ideal for a first chapter book. Great also for a short read aloud in class.

The black and white illustrations are delightfully quirky but reveal the different personalities . What’s not to love about this book? Just lovely.

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Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

By Megumi Iwasa

Illustrated by Jun Takabatake

ISBN 9781927271872

Gecko Press

 

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Giraffe is bored, as usual. He’d love a friend to share things with. So he writes a letter and sends it as far as possible across the other side of the horizon. There he finds a pen pal—Penguin.

Giraffe knows nothing about penguins and his letters are full of questions. What does a penguin look like? Where is a penguin’s neck?

And so the letters begin to fly from horizon to horizon. (Gecko Press)

 

In his loneliness Giraffe enlists the help of Pelican to deliver letters past the horizon to the unknown other side. When Pelican eventually arrives back with a letter in return, Giraffe is excited and happy but also curious. With wonderful whimsical yet matter of fact, albeit incorrect logic, Giraffe comes up with some strange ideas of what his letter writer Penguin, would look like. The comical line drawings and easy to read text and short chapters make this a perfect read for newly independent readers. So often today, books stretch the boundaries for children so it is lovely to see a sweet feel-good story about friendship that leaves you smiling.  I love the chapter headings too. Just a couple to share.

A bored Giraffe writes his first letter

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Is the horizon near or far

Letter writing might be on the endangered list but Yours Sincerely, Giraffe show us how wonderful this tradition is and how we need to keep it alive. This will make a good tool for teachers to use when looking at writing. Besides, who could not resist a letter headed Dear Giraffe who is trying to look like a penguin.

Published in August, this is one to look out for.