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Children's Fiction Pre-confederation (to 1867)

A Whale Tale

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky

illustrated by Dean Griffiths

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Apr 2008
Pre-Confederation (to 1867), General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2008
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2008
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4


Since discovering the Canadian Flyer, a magical time-traveling sled, in Emily's attic, Matt and Emily have outrun dinosaurs in the Alberta badlands, seen the Silver Dart fly high in Nova Scotia's skies, and evaded slave catchers on the Underground Railroad. In A Whale Tale, the sled lands on Canada’s West Coast in 1778. Emily and Matt meet a Nootka chief, and his young nephew, Tuta. It’s a busy time in the Nootka village, where a whale hunt and potlatch ceremony are about to take place. What’s more, explorer Captain James Cook and his fleet of ships have arrived just offshore. Tuta wants to join the whale hunt, but the chief thinks he is too young and sends him to help his mother prepare for the potlatch. Determined to prove his bravery, Tuta sneaks off in a canoe with Emily and Matt. Out on the open water, the kids find themselves face to face with a protective mother whale and her baby. Can Emily and Matt keep their heads above water and help Tuta realize his goal? In this, the eighth book in the popular Canadian Flyer Adventures series, author Frieda Wishinsky weaves well-researched and accurate historical facts into her compelling, kid-friendly storytelling, while Dean Griffiths’s evocative illustrations situate readers perfectly in place and time. At the end of their adventure, Emily and Matt share additional facts about the Nootka, whales, and explorer Captain Cook, and Wishinsky gives additional facts here too, in an informative Q&A format.

About the authors


Frieda Wishinsky
est l'auteure de plus de 40 livres pour enfants. Parmi les ouvrages déjà
parus, on peut citer, entre autres,

Ounga Bounga, Tu es méchante Lily-Ange!, Le sac à main de la reine,
Canada en vedette

et les romans de la série Catastrophe! Elle vit à Toronto, en


FRIEDA WISHINSKY has written over seventy books for children, including Oonga Boonga; You're Mean, Lily Jean; the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award winner Please, Louise!; the middle-grade series Survival, and the non-fiction books Explorers Who Made It . . . or died trying; Everything but the Kitchen Sink and Colossal Canada. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband. Visit her online at

Frieda Wishinsky's profile page

Dean Griffiths is a popular picture book artist with more than 25 titles to his name. His many awards include the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Book Prize for Maggie Can't Wait and the Chocolate Lily Award for Ballerinas Don't Wear Glasses. Dean's 2012 title Lumpito and the Painter from Spain has been nominated for the SYRCA Shining Willow Award and was a Bank Street Best Book. His most recent book is When Emily Carr Met Woo. Dean lives in Duncan, British Columbia, with his daughter.

Dean Griffiths' profile page

Editorial Reviews

Instill in your young bookworms an early love for history by introducing the Canadian Flyer Adventures series by Frieda Wishinsky. A Whale Tale is the eighth book in this series of easy-reader historical fiction…The combination of simple text, exciting plots and Canadian history is hard to beat.

The Chronicle Herald

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