Maybe A Whale
by Kirsten Pendreigh
illustrations by Crystal Smith
After Grandpa dies, a girl and her mother take the trip he had planned for them, kayaking along the Pacific west coast to look for the whales that he loved.
The trip will do them good, Mom says, but the girl isn’t sure. How can that be true when grandpa isn’t there? And how will they find a whale in all that water, anyway?
In this lyrical story, mom and daughter find the space to miss Grandpa and reconnect with each other in the wild beauty of nature.
And they come to realize that — perhaps like whales — those we’ve loved are always with us, even if we don’t see them anymore.
Starred review by The Horn Books Magazine.
(2023, November/December issue). Review of Maybe A Whale. The Horn Book Inc. Adrienne L. Pettinelli
Review by School Library Journal (membership required to view).
(2023, December 2). Maybe A Whale. School Library Journal.
See Canadian Review of Materials' highly recommended book review.
(2023, October 6). Maybe a Whale. Canadian Review of Materials, Volume XXX / Issue 5 - October 6 / 2023. Julia Pitre.
Read this short description on Sal's Fiction Addiction blog.
(2023, October 10). Maybe A Whale, written by Kirsten Pendreigh and illustrated by Crystal Smith. Sal's Fiction Addiction.
Listed on this CBC Books article with other amazing kids books.
(2023, September 19). 45 picture books to check out this fall. CBC Books.
Take a look at the review on Lynne Marie's blog about 'Maybe A Whale'
(2023, July 22). PPBF: Maybe a Whale by Kirsten Pendreigh. Literally Lynne Marie.
Read the review on Vivian Kirkfield's blog about 'Maybe A Whale' along with some craft suggestions for kids!
(2023, August 17). Perfect Picture Book Friday: MAYBE A WHALE Plus Giveaway. Vivian Kirkfield – Writer for Children.
Reviewed in The Wall Street Journal along with some other fantastic kids books about dealing with loss. (Behind paywall—must be subscribed)
(2023, August 11). Children’s Books: Bereft, Bewildered and Eager to Remember. The Wall Street Journal.
Read the interview from Open Book online where Kirsten and I talk about behind-the-scenes of making our children's book!
(2023, August 10). Co-Creators Kirsten Pendreigh & Crystal Smith Help Young Readers Find "Comfort and Connection in Natural Spaces". Open Book.
Kirkus Reviews article, "A gentle yet profound story about a shared journey to peace." on Maybe A Whale.
(2023, August 1). Maybe A Whale. Kirkus Reviews.
A review Maybe A Whale listed on Project MUSE.
(2023, August). Maybe a Whale by Kirsten Pendreigh. Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Read the CBC article, Children's book about kayak journey to see whales seeks to help kids demystify death and grieving.
(2023, July 30). Children's book about kayak journey to see whales seeks to help kids demystify death and grieving. CBC News.
Listen to Kirsten Pendreigh's radio interview on CBC's North X Northwest segment as she discusses the origins and story behind the book.
(2023, July 29). Kirsten Pendreigh explores grief and healing in new children's book "Maybe A Whale". North by Northwest with Margaret Gallagher.
Reviews on Goodreads. [reviews here]