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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.


Peek at Whole Whale in This Short Intro

Watch a Review by the Founder of Children’s Book Academy

Enjoy a Reading by Bri Reads

Download the Activity Pack

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

Whole Whale Activity Pack: Search • Find • Color

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

School Library Journal:

This simple rhyming book packs a powerful message…VERDICT: Recommended for early childhood collections, this brisk and funny rhyming story will be a hit at story times.

American Library Association’s Booklist:

The artwork is cheerful and bright with high-contrast colors, depicting wonderfully unusual animals…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:

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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