Abigail the Whale

Abigail the Whale

Book - 2016
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Abigail dreads swimming lessons. Every time she dives into the pool, she makes a big splash, and all the girls in her class shout: Abigail s a whale! Abigail can see that she is larger than the other girls. She feels huge, heavy, and out of place. Abigail s swimming teacher takes her aside and points out: we can change how we see ourselves. He offers a creative visualization technique she can use to feel bolder, more confident, and more accepting of herself. Abigail tries it out in challenging situations that week walking home in the dark, eating her vegetables, trying to fall asleep. Illustrations in the book show her perspective morphing powerfully to match her new thought patterns. Next time she s in swimming class, instead of feeling heavy, Abigail thinks sardine, eel, barracuda, shark! She starts to figure out how to draw on mindfulness, creative thinking, resilience, and positive self-esteem to embrace exactly who she is. This picture book supports social/emotional learning and serves as a perfect jumping-off point for topics like bullying, empathy, confidence, and creative problem solving.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Owlkids Books,, 2016.
Copyright Date: copyright2016
ISBN: 9781771471985
Branch Call Number: J PIC
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 24 x 31 cm.


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Oct 11, 2016

This is a dreadful book. The aim of the book is good - if you tell yourself you can do something you can. But the execution of the story is horrible. Abigail is a little girl who is overweight and being teased at swimming class. She is being called a whale in a very nasty manner. Rather than addressing the bullying the swim teacher tells Abigail if she thinks she's light than she will be.

In the end Abigail feels better about herself but the kids still call her a whale.

This is not a book to read with young girls. It appears to say its ok to call someone names because of weight and if you think yourself light you will be light. With eating disorders hitting our children from earlier ages this book could do so much damage to a girls feelings about herself if not read with a parent who explains the moral of the story clearly.

It is not ok to be called names and children should be taught to be proud of who they are, not to pretend to be something else.

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