Ida and the Whale

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 27 Mar 2019

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Wonderful children's book filled with amazing pictures. Ida lives in a tree and dreams of all the possibilities there are in space. Together, she and her friend (a giant flying whale) explore just a few of the many stops that exist beyond the clouds. This is a great story about dreaming, exploring, friendship, and having an open mind.
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This is such a beautiful children's book. Parents will love this read aloud book. The artwork is whimsical and stunning. An even better plus behind it is the message. Fantastic through and through.
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I like the illustrations so much. I wish the story was a little bir longer. I felt like the story is lack of something but it was still good.
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A charming book of a little girl who accompanies a flying whale to go on an adventure one night.

Ida is a little, curious girl who lives in a pretty tree house and often wonders about magnanimity of universe. One night, a flying whale visits Ida and asks her to go on an adventurous trip to faraway lands. Ida who’s always curious about what lies beyond the sun, the moon, and the stars happily accompanies her new friend and both of them travels to faraway destinations to explore the magical universe. On the way, Ida feels lonely, but her friend teaches her to relish the blissful solitude of her own company. Ida gets a few answers to her earlier questions and is left with countless new questions to ponder upon after they return. ...Full review soon on The Prairies Book review (Upcoming review magazine)
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As soon as you open the first page of this book, you know you are about to dive into something special. A young girl lives in a house, high up in a birch tree. One day a giant flying whale floats to her door and asks if she wants to go on a journey. Of course she does. They travel to the world beyond, where everything is upside down. But can they both survive the impending storm?

Every page is covered with stunningly beautiful illustrations. I can see imaginative kids pouring over every page, taking it all in.

I cannot wait to add this to my library's collection. I will be including this book in book talk presentations to grade 1 students.
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Ida and the Whale is the story of a lonely girl who one night goes on an adventure with a flying whale.  The pictures in this book are beautiful and its a cute little story. I think young children will fully enjoy.
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Cute story. Read this one with my five year old and she enjoyed the story and loved the pictures. Had some formatting issues with the kindle version, but was able to figure it out without too much trouble.
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Adorable story of Ida and the Whale.  Perfect story for little ones who might feel a little lonely at times.  Lovely illustrations.
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Well…  fine painted illustrations match up with a narrative of a girl riding on the back of a flying whale through the cosmos to things unexplained – like the hippyish rubbish that constitutes the plot.    I was all on board for the design, but the story (such as it is) left so much to be desired, you'll wonder if your child audience has nits or is just scratching his/her head at the rubbish you've just shared with them.  This really is a case where the quality of the pictures cannot redeem the words, and it has to remain at one star.
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A beautifully illustrated book. The story really encourages imagination in children and adults alike with a whimsical tale.  I imagine reading this to children and comparing it to a dream they may have.
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Utterly charming book of either a dream, or a real flying whale, who visits a girl one night, and takes her on an adventures.





The pictures of the world that the whales travels through is gorgeous. And the whale teaches Ida to see beyond what she is looking for. 

Thanks to NEtgalley for making this book available for an honest Verviers.
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The pictures are gorgeous and really carry the story, which was important when that sometimes seemed a bit flat. But your book would be great for reading with kids at home, and aloud in a classroom or library setting. The emotions are conveyed well and the friendship between Ida and the whale is touching.

Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advance copy.
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Gorgeous illustrations about a little girl's fantastical journey with a flying whale. Perfect for kids who like stories that include sweet and gentle adventures.
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Once upon a time, a little girl named Ida lived in a tree house. Then, one night, a whale came by her house and took her on an incredible adventure! What will Ida and the whale find out about the world and themselves on this strange adventure?

Ida and the Whale is an allegorical tale involving serious questions in a very child-friendly form. Written as a fairytale, it is accompanied by magical illustrations with beautiful colors. 

This is an ideal read-along book, but also a very interesting lesson for adults! Strongly recommended for children.
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This is an interesting book - the illustrations are gorgeous, the layout of the words on the page is interesting and fun, but the prose itself is  all a bit plain. There's an underlying charm, but there isn't a lot of zest, fun, or 'read aloud' delights for the little ones listening to the story. 

A nice tale that perhaps lost something in translation?  It's a gorgeous book, but just an okay story. I'm not sure how much me and Miss 3 will be re-reading this one, though it looks really lovely.
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We love whales in our family and so this was a natural choice to want to preview. I read it with my three year old and we both thoroughly enjoyed the illustrations and story line. The illustrations are beautiful, whimsical, and colorful. I am going to read it again solo just to spend more time looking at the small details in the illustrations.
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So beautiful, I read it twice. The story and the illustrations are just perfect companions to each other. I can’t wait to read this with my nephew.
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This book's artwork was absolutely beautiful. Following Ida, and you guessed it, a whale on their midnight excursion through the sky.

What stood out most about this picture book was the free verse. It's a beautiful introduction to poetry, The format was unique, really slowing down the reader allowing us to savor every word choice, every word location, and every line. Beautifully done. Beautifully, beautifully done. 

This is one that will be read many times over with my children.
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Beautiful homage to the imagination of a child and the beauty of those crazy ideas and world building they can create in their heads. Good concept, crazy illustrations and a good story. Really loved this one!
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