Little Narwhal, Not Alone by Tiffany Stone, illustrated by Ashlyn Anstee

Little Narwhal, Not Alone by Tiffany Stone, illustrated by Ashlyn Anstee.  Greystone Kids, 2021. 9781771646208

Rating : 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

Format : Hardcover picture book

What did you like about the book? Possibly inspired by the real story of a baby narwhal that became part of a beluga group, this book uses friendly rhyming text and will introduce children to the dozen arctic animals that Little Narwhal encounters when he decides to roam. The text also introduces the body parts and habits of narwhals. The stimulation of the new sights and sounds that Little Narwhal encounters does not ignore the occasional dangers and sense of loneliness experienced once it’s far from home. In fact, there is one very real danger and that is the presence of man. One of the most dramatic pages shows the blades of a motor on a boat. Illustrations are simple with a lot of soft realistic blues, greens, and grays. There is a great sense of space between encounters. A helpful summary from a marine biologist is provided at the back of the book, although this can be skipped because the story will not need additional information for most children. 

Anything you did not like about the book?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children age 3-6

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and aquarium shops

Where would you shelve it? In picture books or maybe even in a marine animals section

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Probably not

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Stephanie Wolflink, former head of children’s services, Winchester Public Library, MA. 

Date of review: February 16, 2022

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