Whole Whale

A Story About Making Space for All


American Library Association’s Booklist says:

The artwork is cheerful and bright with high-contrast colors, depicting wonderfully unusual animals like rooks, rhinos, crabs, koalas, tapirs, skinks, and quails, all interacting with joy…But perhaps the truest charm of this book lies in its language, rich with assonance, alliteration, and internal and end rhymes and liltingly cadenced with read-aloud rhythm.


Good Reads With Ronna says:

Karen Yin’s debut picture book is truly original, packed with rollicking rhyme, and an important story presented in bold vibrant art from Nelleke Verhoeff. In other words, it’s got all the things a young reader would want in a read-aloud!



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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.

Ask Your Local Library to Purchase Whole Whale!

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
  • ISBN-13 (e-book): 978-1-64686-250-4
  • Grade level: 1–2

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