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Paice, Christine (text) Wendy O'Malley (illus.): The Great Rock Whale.

** PAICE, Christine (text) Wendy O'Malley (illus.) The Great Rock Whale Lothian, 2009 unpaged $28.99 ISBN 9780734410658 SCIS 1411028

Christine Paice has created the story of the creation of the Kiama Blow Hole on the southern New South Wales coast. The story tells how the great rock whale travelled from the colder waters and settled under the rocks where he stayed for a long time. He was lonely, he was looking for his family. Finally whales from the Antarctic waters came by and as they passed he blew his greeting, as he still does today.

This is a delightful story which will capture the imagination of readers who understand the need to find and identify self, to discover family, to banish loneliness and to settle on a place in the world. As the whale comes to understand himself and become one with his world he finds his family and his place.

Beautiful artwork complements the text, as the whale grows more into his place and as more people experience the blow hole the art work becomes busier and more colourful. It includes an explanation to accompany the story, although most Australians will recognise the location quite early in the story. Recommended.

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Author:Finkelstein, Lee
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Date:Aug 1, 2009
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