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Children's Fiction Marine Life

Show Us Where You Live, Humpback

by (author) Beryl Young

illustrated by Sakika Kikuchi

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2021
Marine Life, Imagination & Play, Environment
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


Reflects great admiration and wonder for all humpback whales ... A true homage to these wondrous creatures.” —Kirkus (STARRED Review)

This evocative picture book celebrates a child’s connection and kinship with whales. 

Swimming, singing, and blowing bubbles—children and baby whales love many of the same things! This lyrical picture book shows us how whales’ underwater lives are touchingly like our own. 

Patterned in a call-and-response format, Show Us Where You Live, Humpback begs to be read aloud at bedtime, and includes: 

  • Wondrous facts about humpback whales 
  • A celebration of our connection with the natural world 
  • Beautiful and captivating illustrations 

At the story’s end, acclaimed author Beryl Young and debut illustrator Sakika Kikuchi leave readers gently falling asleep, dreaming of the wonderful world we share with whales.

About the authors

Beryl Young is the author of the best-selling young adult novel Wishing Star Summer (Raincoast, 2001). The book was on the Victoria Times Colonist BC Children’s Bestseller list for twenty-six weeks, was named to Our Choice book by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, and received nominations for the Red Cedar Award (BC), the Chocolate Lily Award (BC) and the Diamond Willow Award (SK). Young is a member of the Federation of BC Writers, the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC, the Writers Union of Canada, and the Canadian Society of Authors, Illustrators and Performers. In the autumn of 2009, she published, to great acclaim, Charlie: A Home Child’s Life in Canada (Key Porter). She has a passion for elephants and for India, where she has travelled three times in an unsuccessful search for her real life pen pal. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Beryl has three children and four grandchildren.

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Editorial Reviews

“[Young's] lovely, soaring language ... reflects great admiration and wonder for all humpback whales ... A true homage to these wondrous creatures.”
Kirkus Reviews STARRED review

“Beryl Young’s lyrical paean to the great sea mammal follows a mama humpback and her whale calf as they whack their fins, thwap their flukes and sing a 'chorus of silver sonnets' in the dark water. Sakika Kikuchi’s soft-toned watercolors capture the gentle majesty of these creatures and the wondrous world we share.'”
Washington Parent

“[The illustrations of the ocean and the whales are breathtaking and ...There is a lovely essay about humpback whales at the end of the story.Any child who has been on a whale watch, or wants to go on one will enjoy this lovely book about one of the largest creatures in the ocean.”
Youth Services Book Review

“A gentle story to share with young readers … A perfect picture book to instill a love of, and respect for, nature.” 
The International Educator 

“Through language and art that perfectly echoes the soothing sway of the ocean’s waves, Show Us Where You Live, Humpback, is a delightful picture book which tells the story of the connections children share with whales…. Highly Recommended.”
Canadian Review of Materials

“It celebrates whales and our connection to them. Spread by spread the author compares – and contrasts – the whale calf and child. They both learn new things, but different things. They are growing stronger, each splashing in the water and blowing bubbles.”
Archimedes Notebook

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