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The Zebra-Striped Whale with the Polka-Dot Tail Hardcover – January 1, 2001

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K-Gr 3-Two children enter a fantasy world in which "No belly is hungry./No soul is poor," where volcanoes are made of fudge and trees are made of pretzels. The author/illustrator explains that the inspiration for this book was the sudden death of her beloved father and that she worked for 10 years to create the illustrations to the verses that poured out of her in response to her loss. Despite an extravagant use of varied materials including glitter, faux gems, metallic lace, different papers and paints, and an exuberant palette, the collages do little to engage children. Moreover, Donahue's words range from the oblique ("-all trues are FALSE/And all falses are TRUE") to the platitudinous ("All that glitters is surely not gold!"). Although the author and her family undoubtedly found solace in working on this book, it has nothing that is revelatory or useful for the rest of us.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY

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"A story for both children and parents, a tasty morsel to chew and stew over, evening after evening."  —Bloomsbury Review
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Arimax, Inc (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096342873X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963428738
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,468,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is not worth the full price, I got it used. The cover page lures you in, but the illustrations & story are not very good. I would not recommend this book to my friends. The story doesn't flow very well. Cute idea, but was not executed very well, could be so much better.
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. If you have a young child or grandchild, look for the ZEBRA-STRIPED WHALE ALPHABET BOOK (Arimax Books) by Shari Fadden Donahue and illustrated by Thalamus--the collaborative artistic team of Shari and her husband Tom.

Unfortunately, you may have to wait a bit . . . it's not slated for release until sometime in April, 2012.

I was fortunate to receive an advance copy because of my friendship with the Donahues, so be forewarned that this review does have some bias built into it . . . yet even if I didn't know these talented individuals, I'd still say that this is a terrific book that will delight any young reader from 2-7. . . . best of all: adults will enjoy reading it aloud or even having it read back
to them.

Each letter of the alphabet has a humorous rhyme, coupled with an illustration that's designed to captivate the reader's attention . . . and adding to the fun is the fact that there's a tiny zebra-striped whale hidden on each page.

I don't want to ruin the book, so I won't share all the rhymes except for the one beginning with E:

E is for eagle
eating next to a beagle.

This one, in particular, caught my attention because the eagle and beagle are both eating ice cream in front of The Zebra-Striped Whale, the popular ice cream parlor in Newtown, Pennsylvania that's owned by the Donahues.
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I originally picked out this book because of the delightful cover. I was drawn to the beautiful pictures, and inspired by the uplifting message. This is a charming book that will delight readers of all ages! At this tragic time in our lives, we need more books like this, as we can all triumph from the deeper meaning of the text!
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This is an outstanding, colorful delight to read over-and-over again!! The brilliant artwork and compelling message really provides thought provoking discussions with our children. I have even read this book to our children's classroom and they were all mesmorized and in awe.
This is destined to be a new-age classic.
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By A Customer on November 19, 2001
I read this book to my five children and they were so enchanted with the story. They sat quietly through the whole story without uttering a word "pretty amazing to keep 5 children under the age of 7 quite through a whole book".
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I originally purchased this book for my neices because of the colorful illustrations, however, I ended up getting a copy for myself after I read the book. The book reminds me of 'The Giving Tree' by Shel Silverstein. I loved that book as a child and keep it on my bookshelf today. As with 'The Giving Tree', there's a moral behind the story of Maxime and Ariel's adventure with the 'whale with a polka-dot tail.' It seems to me that the author is conveying that while we may all have the inevitable 'grass is greener' syndrome, we have plenty to be content with. Our family and friends are the true source of happiness! Now that's refreshing!
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This children's book has the makings of a classic. The vivid illustrations look like eye-candy! I also love the posh ice cream store that is named for this book located in Newtown, PA. The desserts and ambiance are out of this world! A must see!
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