A local author from East Bridgford, Karen Swann, has written a picture book highlighting plastic pollution which published during lockdown in March.
The Tale of the Whale is a lyrical rhyming story about a friendship between a child and a whale as they go on a journey of discovery across and under the ocean.
‘Where land becomes sky and the sky becomes sea,
I first saw the whale, and the whale first saw me.
And high on the breeze came his sweet-sounding song
‘I’ve so much to show you, if you’ll come along’.
Karen said, “I wrote The Tale of the Whale back in 2018 after becoming more aware of environmental issues and starting to make changes in the way we, as a family, live. I wanted to write something that showed, from the whale’s perspective, the effects that plastic pollution were having on the oceans and the wildlife, but I also wanted to balance that with a joyful journey that explored the beauty and wonder of the ocean. Children of all ages are becoming increasingly more aware of environmental issues such as our use of plastic and I think it is important to introduce opportunities both at home and at school for them to discuss their concerns and to explore how they can make a difference.”
The Tale of the Whale is published in hardback by Scallywag Press in the UK, and will be published in five territories internationally later this year. It has been beautifully illustrated by Norfolk artist, Padmacandra and is aimed at age 4+
“This wonderful picture book is a treat for the eyes, the ears and the heart. With beautiful lyrical rhyme and equally masterful art, the book takes you on a breathtaking voyage of discovery through the sea, ending with the empowering message that we all have the power to save our oceans. A wonderful addition to any bedroom and schoolroom shelf.”
For children, there are resources that link to the book on Karen’s website (karenswann.com) including craft and creative writing / drawing activities.
You can purchase signed copies locally at The Bookcase, Lowdham, or order online from other independent booksellers or the usual online companies.