The Whale, the Sea and the Stars


Product Details

$17.95  $16.69
Floris Books
Publish Date
8.7 X 11.3 X 0.4 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Adrián Macho is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator based in Bratislava, Slovakia. Several children's books featuring his illustrations are bestsellers in his home country. The Whale, the Sea and the Stars is his first picture book.


'A heartwarming picture book story that will prove to be an immediately welcome and enduringly popular addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections.'
- Midwest Book Review

'The color scheme and illustrations are vibrant and eye-catching and children will love Gerda and the other animals featured throughout the book... This is a wonderful book to share with anyone who loves the sea and all its wondrous creatures.'
- Youth Services Book Review, 5 Stars

'Beautiful, organic illustrations filter light and shadow with decorative vines and swirling water, the result resembling antique etched woodwork. A whale crosses oceans to follow her heart and the stars in this magical underwater tale of happiness, homecoming, and new beginnings.'
- Foreword Reviews

'Detailed digital illustrations are overlaid with natural textures to create beautiful magical scenes on every page. The play of light in the artwork is captivating, seen in the pink and golden glow of a sunrise or as incandescent beams illuminate an icy cave deep underwater. Idyllic and soothing, this is a perfect choice for an older storytime or for one-on-one bedtime sharing.'
- School Library Journal

'I loved reading The Whale, the Sea and the Stars because it is so good. I liked how the illustrator drew plants on Gerda, like birthmarks. When mama sings her song, there is a bunch of constellations, and I really like how the other animals are drawn. I would recommend The Whale, the Sea and the Stars as a bedtime story for little kids. This book would also be good for kids who like whales, adventures, and surprises.'
- Avery, age 8, for Kids Book Buzz

'The illustrations in this book are stunning. They are cute and moody at the same time... The story of finding a place in the world is tender.'
- Kiss the Book Jr.

'Learn how to follow your heart, young and old and everyone in-between. Be captivated by the simply stunning artwork, see the sun's rays penetrating the darkest deeps, admire the stars twinkling in the dark skies, see the sunrise over the lighthouse and admire the colours of the creatures in the oceans deep. Above all, for me at least, marvel at the beauty and elegance of Gerda. [The] evident attention to the tiniest of details and the skill with which it has been applied make the book even more special.'
- Armadillo

'The ocean looks magical in these gorgeous illustrations.'
- NetGalley Reviewer