This evocative picture book celebrates a child’s connection and kinship with whales.
SHOW US WHERE YOU LIVE, HUMPBACK
by Beryl Young
illustrated by Sakika Kikuchi
Greystone Books, May 2021
Swimming, singing, and blowing bubbles—children and baby whales love many of the same things! This lyrical picture book compares the parent-child relationship with the bond between a mother humpback whale and her calf, showing how their underwater lives are touchingly like our own. Patterned in a call-and-response format, where the mother observes and the child responds, this book is peppered with facts and begs to be read aloud. At the story’s end, acclaimed author Beryl Young and debut illustrator Sakika Kikuchi leave readers dreaming of the wonderful world we share with whales.
Beryl Young is the author of several critically acclaimed and award-winning books for children, including picture books, middle-grade novels, and biographies.Young fell in love with humpback whales watching them swim off the coast of British Columbia and in the warm bays of Hawaii.She lives in Vancouver and has three children and four grandchildren.
Sakika Kikuchi is an illustrator who has loved picture books and stories since her childhood. After studying graphic design at Tama Art University in Tokyo, she worked as an in-house designer for a few years before moving to the UK to complete her MA in children’s book illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. She lives in Japan. This is her first picture book.