Setsuko and the Song of the Sea by Fiona Barker; illustrated by Howard Gray

Setsuko and the Song of the Sea is an exquisite, stunning tale of friendship, understanding, preservation and life. Setsuko is a young girl who loves the sea. She spends her days swimming in its depths and revelling in its beauty. While swimming one day, she meets a whale who is all on his own. He is frightened that he is the only whale left, as the sea is so large he can’t find any others of his kind. Setsuko assures him that he is not alone. The two become friends as they swim in the sea. After a week, the whale decides he must go in search of other whales. He thanks Setsuko by teaching her the Song of the Sea. Setsuko shares the song with others and gradually, they begin to rekindle their own love of the sea.

Not only does this story grab at your heartstrings, the illustrations are absolutely stunning and tell the story of the sea in their own way. The colours are vibrant and beautiful. Each page deserves to be examined and enjoyed in depth in order to see the story that is being told.

I feel very fortunate to have been asked to review this amazing book and can’t wait to share it with my class.

Click on the link above to buy your own copy of Setsuko and the song of the Sea from Tiny Tree Books. 10% of the net profits from each copy sold will go to the Marine Conservation Society, the UK charity working for seas full of life. Click for more information about how you can help to save our seas.

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