Books by Janet Skiles

THE BIRTH OF A WHALE by John Archambault
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The illustrated spreads in washed shades of aqua and deep blue are accurate but not very engaging. (Picture book. 4- 7)"
Archambault (Counting Sheep, 1989, not reviewed, etc.) writes brief verse about the birth of a humpback whale that makes a usually majestic event somewhat trite and even boring. ``A humpback whale sings its song, diving deep through the deep water dark./The deep water dark, the deep water dark, singing, dancing in the deep water dark.'' The refrain and accompanying illustration are repeated seven times during the course of the book, adding length but little content. Read full book review >