A Whale of a Tea Party: Ready-to-Read Level 2

S. & S./Simon Spotlight. (Whale, Quail, Snail). Dec. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534497306; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9781534497290.
K-Gr 2–Whale lives on Tiny Island with a palm tree, a mango tree, and lots of rocks. Using her imagination, Whale befriends Lumpo, Bob, and Grumpy Gus, rocks that join her for tea. One day, when Whale leaves the tea party to make sand dollar cookies, two more friends who are not rocks—Quail and Snail—arrive on the island, join for tea, and the three enjoy the “best day ever.” A Whale of a Tea Party sets young readers up for friendship. In this sweet, imaginative early reader, Perl weaves in friendship’s give-and-take with word repetitions and ending sounds. With a cool palette that blends in warm tones sparingly, Ailey’s illustrations illuminate the vast loneliness of living on an island and the richness friends can offer.
VERDICT This addition reinforces early reading concepts and illustrates the true beauty of friendships new and old.

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