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Jonah's Whale

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  21 reviews
God made Whale and gave him a home in the blue-deep waters of the sea, a family with whom he could play and splash, and a joyful song to sing. And then one day, when a wild storm raged above, God gave Whale a job to do. Whale"s faithful spirit fills the pages of this vibrant story and gives a new twist to the classic, well-loved biblical tale. Eileen Spinelli"s charming re ...more
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published January 12th 2012 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (first published December 1st 2011)
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Michelle McBeth
This is the story of Jonah and the Whale from the whale's perspective. The main character is simply called Whale. He lives with his family, eats and plays until the day of the storm when Jonah is thrown over board and God tells whale to swallow Jonah. Jonah is in Whale's belly for three days until God tells Whale to spit Jonah back onto dry land. The story does not talk about why Jonah was in the boat or why he was thrown over board (which is all very crucial information to this story).

This stor
Sandra Stiles
Eileen Spinelli and her husband Jerry Spinelli have written some of my favorite books to share with children. Okay, so they are some of MY favorites. This one is another favorite. Jonah's Whale is the retelling of the Biblical story with a twist. It is told from the Whale's perspective. The whale is happy living and playing in the ocean. One day a storm come up and he sees a boat. A man in the boat is telling the other men to throw him into the water to stop the storm. God speaks to the whale an ...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
You probably know the Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale and why Jonah was swallowed up. BUT, did you ever think about what the whale was thinking? Eileen Spinelli’s book, “Jonah’s Whale” answers that question!

I really liked this clever re-telling of the story Jonah and the Whale. It was interesting to see how Mrs. Spinelli told the story through the eyes of the whale. At one point in the story the whale gets a bit frustrated that he has a man in his belly and wonders “What now?” The illustra
This children's book tells the Bible story of Jonah and the whale from the whale's point of view. The illustrations were nice. I wasn't particularly drawn in by the story, even Jonah's journey is one of my favorite stories from the Bible. Perhaps the book was aimed at a younger age range than I anticipated, I'm not certain. It's a cute book, but it hardly grabbed me.
Children are familiar with the story of Jonah, the prophet who fled from the Lord and wound up in the belly of a whale. But what about that whale? Where did he come from? What was his story? Spinelli tries to imagine HIS side of the story in this nicely illustrated picture book. And while I really liked the pictures, I did find the story a little odd. The whale listens to the Lord and goes to save Jonah. But he also prays. That struck me as weird. I don't think I would buy this one, but I might ...more
The Loopy Librarian
The simple text and soft, comforting illustrations make the story of Jonah’s whale very endearing. Told from the point-of-view of the whale, it gives the gentle message of what it means to obey and to wait on the Lord. This book does not explain Jonah’s story, and at first this bothered me. He is thrown overboard because he is at fault for the storm, but that is the only explanation given. Upon a second reading though I began to appreciate this story for what it was. It was never meant to be Jon ...more
This is a beautifully illustrated children's book telling the story of Jonah and the whale from the whale's point of view. Whale tells how God has cared for him and how God asked him to save Jonah when he was thrown overboard. Lovely story.
A wonderful book. The story of Jonah told from the whale's point of view revives an old story and makes it fresh. Told in a poet's tongue, accessible and lyric, it's thoughtful and thought-provoking for children.
Meredith Atkinson
I love that the story is told through the whale's voice. The illustrations are beautiful and Spinelli's telling of the tale gives children a gentle understanding of this important Biblical story.
Oct 04, 2012 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This book ends somewhat abruptly. I appreciate that the whale was lonely and confused as was Jonah. Not exactly biblical, but many of the Jonah stories aren't. Beautiful illustrations.
Sweet book with beautiful illustrations. Unusually written from the whale's perspective. Would have liked the story to develop just a wee bit more, but nicely done.
Does notpack the punch of the Biblical version, but telling the story from the whale's point of view is interesting.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
I liked the illustrations in this one but the story was a somewhat different rendition of Jonah and the Whale.
Interesting read. Never heard the story of Jonah and the Whale through the point of view of the Whale before.
Dana (Little Lovely Books)
A beautifully illustrated and wonderfully retelling of the Bible story. We all loved this one. I'd love to own a copy.
Classic Bible story retold in a lyrical text with stunning illustrations --> Seriously, what's not to love?
Edward Sullivan
An unusual, enjoyable retelling from the whale's perspective of the biblical story. Lovely illustrations.
A perfect children's picture book for a Christian family. Must remember for when I have kids!
An interesting version with very nice illustrations and a poetic style of prose.
The story of Jonah and the whale from the whale's perspective. Very nicely done.
Lynda Shoup
Illustrator lives in Italy,
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Eileen Spinelli, wife of famed children's author Jerry Spinelli, is an award winning children's book author from southeastern Pennsylvania.
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