When a storm separates two best friends, the other sea creatures step in to try and facilitate a reunion.
Puffin pals Peter and Paul look identical, from multicolored beaks to brilliant blue tail feathers. One day, when they're diving, a storm comes up, blowing Peter out to sea and separating him from Paul. Just when Peter is wondering where he is, an enormous blue whale shows up to carry him safely to shore and to Paul. Based on Peter’s incomplete descriptions of Paul, the whale takes him to funny and noisy parrots, black-and-white penguins, and a toucan with a colorful beak that dwarfs Peter's, in turn—but not to Paul. What to do? Peter becomes very sad, but the whale lets him ride again, and they drift on the open sea for days. Finally, in the distance, they see...a black-and-white figure...with a colorful beak...very noisy...it's Paul! Both friends are overjoyed, and the wise whale points out what's been obvious to the reader: "He's...just like you!" Horácek's story is a bit of a jumble, but his beautiful mixed-media illustrations have vibrant, bold colors and simple shapes that will appeal to young listeners and also provide a few basic lessons on ocean life.
A sweet tale of friendship and persistence. (Picture book. 3-5)