Setsuko loves the sea.
Thanks to Kelly and Megan at LoveBookTours for the invite to be a part of this publication day book blitz.
I am delighted to share with you this glorious story of a young girl who befriends a whale in order to save not only a very special way of life but the worlds – our – seas.
On top of which when buying this book you will be supporting a worthy charity who aims to educate, conserve and work to ensure our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected.
Setsuko loves the sea. She swims its shallows. She dives its depths. But she worries that her friends have chosen to abandon her way of life. Then she meets a whale who also fears he is the last of his kind. In return for giving him hope, he gifts her a song which she uses to remind people of the beauty of the ocean. Setsuko took the song and made it her own. They played together from the first crisp light of morning until the setting of the evening sun. Everyone who heard Setsuko’s song was filled with the wonder of the sea. They remembered the beauty and mystery of the ocean. A story of an unlikely friendship, Setsuko and her friend the whale have one thing in common ― their love of the sea. Much like the revered ama-san, ― women who have been diving off the coast of the Shima peninsula in Japan for over 2,000 years ― Setsuko is a strong girl who is on the path to becoming one of these real-life mermaids.
10% of the net profits from each book will be donated to the Marine Conservation Society, the UK charity working for seas full of life. Visit www.mcs.org.uk to find out more.
Author: Fiona Barker is positively potty about picture books. An author and founder of the hugely successful Picture Book Club in Windsor – an event that connects authors, illustrators and their audiences – Fiona is constantly working on new ideas. Having self-published her first book ‘Amelie and the Great Outdoors’ (2016), Fiona has since written ‘Danny and the Dream Dog’ (Tiny Tree Children’s Books) released in 2018. You can follow Fiona on Twitter.
Illustrator: Howard Gray has been putting together picture books from a very early age. Always doodling, colouring in or being creative in other ways, Howard’s passion for illustration and art continues to this day. Although his career in art was put on hold due to his studies – Howard now has a PhD and is a doctor in the field of genetics – he has been reinvigorated in recent years and uses his spare time to create wonderful artwork for children’s books. You can follow Howard on Twitter and Instagram.
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