Friday, April 29, 2011

Peg and the Whale by Kenneth Oppel

Peg and the WhalePeg and the Whale, written by Canadian Kenneth Oppel and illustrated by American Terry Widener, is a forerunner of Peg and the Yeti, which I featured back in February.  In Peg and the Whale young Peg dreams of catching a whale and sets out to do so.  In a strange twist, she ends up living inside a whale and traveling the seas with him before she finally steers him to bring her back to her parents' boat.

There is a bit of a Newfoundland flavour to the character of Peg in this book and I was interested to discover that the author lived in Newfoundland at one point.

I found a page on the web where you can see many of the pages and illustrations from Peg and the whale.

Anna loved this book, and got a kick out of the fact that Peg made a home for herself inside the whale's belly.  I liked that it inspired a talk about the different kinds of whales and fact and fiction.

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