Whole Whale

This simple rhyming book packs a powerful message.School Library Journal

“Liltingly cadenced with read-aloud rhythm.”Booklist

“Precisely cadenced rhymes and artful alliteration.”Mombian

“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.

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

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Whole Whale is available in Dutch as Maak Plaats!

Maak Plaats! means “make space.” Thanks to Maria van Donkelaar for the brilliant—and rhyming—translation.

The National Reading Days 2025’s Picture Book Top 10!

Graphic featuring the cover of Maak Plaats!, which has a vibrant yellow background with a huge blue whale tale surrounded by colorful whimsical animals, including a monkey, giraffe, panda, sheep, and lion.

Publisher: De Vier Windstreken
Release date: February 2023
ISBN-13: 978-9051169478

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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.

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