An eye-catching tale of self-acceptance.




An outcast whale discovers her purpose in this gorgeously illustrated fable.

Narah is born with a barnacle on her head. Her strange appearance leads other whales to make fun of her, and she has no friends. One day, she spots Peg, a male unicorn, swimming above her; he tells her that being one of a kind is better than being like everyone else. The two become great friends, and before Peg eventually dies of old age, he gives Narah his horn. The whale discovers that, with the horn’s magical properties, she can help other creatures in entirely new ways. Authors Roe and Andrews create a story about accepting who you are and loving your differences. They miss an opportunity, however, to show that Narah’s true strength isn’t the horn but her selfless desire to help others. A reference to God and angels gives the mythological tale a slight religious tone. Narah, with her humble uncertainty, is a gentle protagonist whom readers will find appealing, and the inclusion of several mythical creatures adds an element of fantasy. Illustrator Grizzle’s show-stopping paintings—mostly in muted blues, due to the ocean setting—are the biggest draw, and readers are sure to be drawn into the surrealistic world.

An eye-catching tale of self-acceptance.

Pub Date: Jan. 19, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-692-85042-8

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Lunar Yarns Publishing

Review Posted Online: May 1, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2018

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The greening of Dr. Seuss, in an ecology fable with an obvious message but a savingly silly style. In the desolate land of the Lifted Lorax, an aged creature called the Once-ler tells a young visitor how he arrived long ago in the then glorious country and began manufacturing anomalous objects called Thneeds from "the bright-colored tufts of the Truffula Trees." Despite protests from the Lorax, a native "who speaks for the trees," he continues to chop down Truffulas until he drives away the Brown Bar-ba-loots who had fed on the Tuffula fruit, the Swomee-Swans who can't sing a note for the smogulous smoke, and the Humming-Fish who had hummed in the pond now glumped up with Gluppity-Glupp. As for the Once-let, "1 went right on biggering, selling more Thneeds./ And I biggered my money, which everyone needs" — until the last Truffula falls. But one seed is left, and the Once-let hands it to his listener, with a message from the Lorax: "UNLESS someone like you/ cares a whole awful lot,/ nothing is going to get better./ It's not." The spontaneous madness of the old Dr. Seuss is absent here, but so is the boredom he often induced (in parents, anyway) with one ridiculous invention after another. And if the Once-let doesn't match the Grinch for sheer irresistible cussedness, he is stealing a lot more than Christmas and his story just might induce a generation of six-year-olds to care a whole lot.

Pub Date: Aug. 12, 1971

ISBN: 0394823370

Page Count: 72

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: Oct. 19, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1971

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This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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