Show Us Where You Live, Humpback by Beryl Young, illustrated by Sakika Kikuchi. Greystone Kids, 9781771645737, 2021
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? A child and their mother watch humpback whales in a bay set somewhere in the tropics—maybe Hawaii since the author lived there. The child compares themself to the whale and her calf in an endearing way. A child of the land and a child of the sea, the young whale and the little human share some similar traits thus forming an awareness of the child with nature.
The illustrations of the ocean and the whales are breathtaking and are different than the images of the child and their mother. There is a lovely essay about humpback whales at the end of the story.
Any child who has been on a whale watch, or wants to go on one will enjoy this lovely book about one of the largest creatures in the ocean. It is especially appropriate since humpback whales are often seen off the coast of Massachusetts and New England.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a great story to share with children to show them how much we have in common with our neighbors in nature.
Who should buy this book? Day care providers and children’s libraries should get this.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not quite on top, but nearby
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Maria Touet, Malden Public Schools, Malden, MA
Date of review: April 5, 2021