Author: Tarō Gomi
"Ah! It turned out to be like this!" When almost everyone read the ending, they felt this kind of surprise: a migratory bird flew in the sky, yelling "whale"! However, the people in the village looked for the whale, but they didn’t find it in the lake. They began to complain that the migratory birds deceived them. However, a child was taken to the sky by the migratory birds. It turned out that the shape of the lake next to the village was like a whale. The water sprayed from a broken pipe in a house also looked like water sprayed by a whale. It turns out that the migratory birds were not trying to deceive. In fact, sometimes, what you see on the surface is not necessarily the truth, and what you see as a fact is not necessarily recognized by others. What is the real truth? A seemingly simple story leaves readers with endless afterthoughts.
As a country of animation and picture books, Japan’s picture books are always full of visual interest. In the important work "Whale" by the famous Japanese children's book writer Gomi Taro, the shape, outline, and color of the whale are used to develop the structure and interest of the story, emphasizing the elements of the pictures and highlighting the characteristics in the picture books. Reading this book, readers have to look at pictures and combine text narratives to feel and understand its interest and appeal. This feature also makes the book unique in reading interest and value.
Recommended for Ages: 3-6