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Children's Fiction Friendship

Little Narwhal, Not Alone

by (author) Tiffany Stone

illustrated by Ashlyn Anstee

contributions by Marie Noël

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2021
Friendship, Marine Life, Environment, Adoption
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3


A gift for kids who love the ocean and the creatures who call it their home, this sweet and playful picture book about a little lost narwhal shares the surprising friendships he finds under the sea. Based on a true story!

When little narwhal sets off on an adventure to see new sights, he finds himself far from home, too far to return on his own. Scared and alone, narwhal looks for other narwhals but finds a pod of belugas instead. They don’t speak his language or eat the same foods, but when the belugas begin to play—little narwhal knows exactly what to do!

This heartwarming story is the perfect gift for young kids starting school, daycare, or making new friends:

  • Little narwhal finds friends in new and unexpected places, helping kids to feel excited and empowered about relationship-building.
  • Shares an important message about acceptance, empathy, and overcoming differences
  • The poetic language and playful illustrations are engaging and memorable

Includes a note from a marine biologist about the true events that inspired this story.

About the authors

Tiffany Stone is a children’s poet and the author of two collections of rhyming poetry: Floyd the Flamingo and his Flock of Friends and Baad Animals. She has had poems published in children’s magazines, including Chirp, and is a contributing poet to And the Crowd Goes Wild: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems. Her poetry picture book, Rainbow Shoes, was a finalist for the 2013 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize. Tiffany lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband and three children.

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Ashlyn Anstee grew up in Vancouver, studied in Toronto, and then settled in Los Angeles. A graduate of Sheridan College, she works as a story artist and animator in the animation industry. In her spare time, she makes short films and pats cats. She is the author/illustrator of Are We There, Yeti? and No, No, Gnome! To see more of her work, visit

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Editorial Reviews

“A touching tale of overcoming obstacles, accepting one another, and finding common ground—or common water—despite our differences.”
Hakai Magazine

“This picture book about an interspecies friendship has plenty of lessons for humans, too.”
Kirkus Reviews

“An unusual true story of friendship beyond species.”
The International Educator

“Based on a true story of the remarkable friendship of a narwhal who was more than 600 miles from his home in the Arctic, and a group of beluga whales [...] Little Narwhal, Not Alone goes a long way in describing the possibilities of friendship for all living things.”
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