Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Benji Davies
Illustrator: Benji Davies
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Every day, Noi’s father goes fishing in the sea for work and Noi stays home. One night, there is a huge storm. In the morning, Noi finds a small whale that has washed up onto the beach. He quickly brings the whale to his home and hides him in the bathtub. When his father finds out, he isn’t angry but feels bad that Noi has been so lonely. However, the whale needs to go back into the ocean and so Noi and his father help the whale find his way home.
The story is perfect for young ones. It is simple but fun! Young children can easily relate to Noi’s curiosity and easy friendship with the whale because Noi needed someone to talk to and tell stories while his father was away. But sometimes we have to do hard things, like say goodbye to friends, and Noi was happy to have his father there with him through his hard time.