Annette Laing's The Snipesville Chronicles

Whale in a Fishbowl

May 1, 2018

Wednesday the whale has spent her entire life in a very large fishbowl in a city near the sea. When she jumps, she can see the ocean, but doesn’t know what it is. One day a girl tells her she belongs in the sea, and Wednesday contemplates this before becoming frustrated, overturning her bowl, and finding her way “home”.

This attractive picture book features full-page illustrations in muted colors, with a foldout page near the end. Since the setting is not in a zoo or aquarium, it’s not really cautioning against these practices, however the subject of captivity is apparent. “To all who are waiting, unknowingly, to be free.” Perfect for children (and adults) who love whales!

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