Dear Professor Whale

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In this sequel to Yours Sincerely, Giraffe, Professor Whale has decided to follow in his former student Penguin’s footsteps and send letters across the ocean to find a pen pal. He receives surprising responses, including letters from old friends he hasn’t seen in years and a young whale named Wally. He soon learns his new pen pal Wally is the grandson of his late friend who won the silver in the Whale Point Olympics, coming second to the professor himself. When his old friends show up for a surprise visit, Professor Whale takes it as a sign to bring the Olympics back. As they get caught up on their lives, they set about preparing the new Olympics and reminiscence as they watch the next generation prepare to compete.

The world is sweet and quirky with all-animal characters who write letters that are delivered through Pelican or Seal. The story is creative and delightful, full of humor and heart. The names play off the animal type, with various whales called Whalena, Bella Balena, and Bubbles. Through the Olympics, Megumi Iwasa teaches fairness, encouraging others, and how to be gracious winning and losing. In a touching moment, the delivery seal accompanies the slowest seal through the race, which is an example of the lessons this story teaches. Professor Whale is a phenomenal character who is wise yet has an innocence and loneliness about him, seen through his wishes for a friend to call him Whaley instead of Professor. Dear Professor Whale is a charming story with delightful animal characters, a Giraffe appearance, a touching message, and fun illustrations by Jun Takabatake.

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Author Megumi Iwasa • Jun Takabatake, Illustrator
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 104 pages
Publisher Gecko Press
Publish Date 2018-Oct-01
ISBN 9781776572069
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Issue November 2018
Category Tweens


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