Author & Illustrator: Scott Magoon
Age Level: 3-7 years
Publishers: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
The simplest message can also be the most remarkable one. In Scott Magoon’s Breathe, a young whale steps out to explore the watery world on its own. As the whale goes about exploring and making new friends, he comes up to breathe regularly.
At the end of the day and after all his adventures, the whale returns to the safety of his mother.
This is a gentle reminder to children that as they go about their day they should take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. When we read the book at home the little ones were reassured to see the mother whale lead the young one back to safety away from the polar bear. Small details like that which connects them to the story makes this book perfect for very young readers.
The illustrations speak much more than the words and draw the reader into the book. The whale dives into the deep waters and the text follows the whale’s path. The kids picked up on this and were so excited to share their understanding of how the text worked. The whale’s smile does the trick too—there is just something about the expression on the faces of the mother and the young whale that connects us to the book.