Whole Whale

“This simple rhyming book packs a powerful message.

School Library Journal

“Liltingly cadenced with read-aloud rhythm.”


“Precisely cadenced rhymes and artful alliteration.”


“Truly original…All the things a young reader would want in a read-aloud!”

Good Reads With Ronna

“A charmingly entertaining and unique picture book.”

Midwest Book Review


One hundred unusual animals try to squeeze into the pages of this raucous rhyming tale. But will there be room to fit a whole blue whale? The humorous ending features an expansive double gatefold and educational endnotes list the 100 animals in the book.

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Peek at Whole Whale in This Short Intro

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Ask Your Local Library to Purchase Whole Whale

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Please make a purchase request at your local library to help bring this whimsical STEM book to children everywhere.

  • Author: Karen Yin
  • Illustrator: Nelleke Verhoeff
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Release date: June 1, 2021
  • ISBN-10 (book): 1646861639
  • ISBN-13 (book): 978-1646861637
  • Grade level: 1–2

Download the Activity Pack

Whole Whale Activity Pack: Search • Find • Color

Find the animals and color them In! This fun two-page activity pack will delight children and adults alike.

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