This Morning I Met a Whale

This Morning I Met a Whale

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A fictional account of the day a whale swam up the Thames, in which the whale makes an environmental plea to the boy who first sees him.

At sunrise, young Michael spots a whale on the shores of the Thames and thinks he must be dreaming. But the creature is real and it has a message for him - one that only an open-minded child can deliver to the rest of the world. The whale warns that the earth's days are numbered and that humans must put right the damage they are doing, but how can Michael fulfil his promise to tell others when neither his teacher nor his classmates will believe his story? Within hours, the city and the wider world have learned of London's remarkable visitor, and all eyes are on the whale's struggle against the receding tide. Michael must now join his new friend in a race against time to reach the ocean, and hold fast to his promise in the race to save the world itself.
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Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 154.94 x 180.34 x 10.16mm | 181.44g
  • Walker Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • w. ill.
  • 1406315591
  • 9781406315592
  • 27,159

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The story emphasises the importance of the child as the guarantor of the future. It is a beautifully produced book with dreamy, soft-focused illustrations of the Thames and the whale's damning pictures of environmental damage. A great starting point for environmental discussion in the senior primary classroom. * Inis Magazine *
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About Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo was 2003-2005 Children's Laureate, has written over 100 books and is the winner of many awards, including the Whitbread Children's Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize, the Blue Peter Award and the Red House Children's Book Award. His books are translated and read around the world and his hugely popular novel War Horse is now both a critically acclaimed stage play and a highly successful film. Michael and his wife, Clare, live in Devon. Visit Michael's website at

Christian Birmingham is considered one of the best young illustrators working today. After receiving a degree in Illustration from the Exeter College of Art he has gone on to illustrate many books for children such as A Kitten Called Moonlight by Martin Waddell and several titles by Michael Morpurgo, including The Wreck of the Zanzibar, named the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year in 1995.
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Rating details

194 ratings
4 out of 5 stars
5 37% (71)
4 37% (72)
3 18% (34)
2 7% (14)
1 2% (3)

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This is such a soft,sensitive story which reaches out to all ages. The whale brings a message to the boy." tell the children,the adults are too set in their ways,tell the children" Only the children, the next generation can save the planet from destruction and the plight of the them this book...tell them. A lovely more
by Glenys Houghton
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