This Morning I Met a Whale, Paperback Book

This Morning I Met a Whale Paperback

Illustrated by Christian Birmingham

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


A fictional account of the day a whale swam up the Thames, in which the whale makes an environmental plea to the boy who first sees him. At sunrise, young Michael spots a whale on the shores of the Thames and thinks he must be dreaming.

But the creature is real and it has a message for him - one that only an open-minded child can deliver to the rest of the world.

The whale warns that the earth's days are numbered and that humans must put right the damage they are doing, but how can Michael fulfil his promise to tell others when neither his teacher nor his classmates will believe his story?

Within hours, the city and the wider world have learned of London's remarkable visitor, and all eyes are on the whale's struggle against the receding tide.

Michael must now join his new friend in a race against time to reach the ocean, and hold fast to his promise in the race to save the world itself.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 84 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9781406315592



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A well written educational story based on a true story about human impacts on the natural world. I read this as a bed time story over a few nights to my 7 and 5 year old children who are accustomed to the emotional charge and somewhat harsh reality which seem characteristic of Michael Morpurgo stories. The book is in two parts and there is a nesting of stories within each part another typical trait of the authors works I've read. It was good to allow time around the readings to talk about the book and the world. The ending is not a Hollywood ending, but true to reality and true to the story.

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