Abigail the Whale by Davide Cali

By decafJess - August 22, 2016

Abigail the WhaleAbigail the Whale by Davide Cali
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Abigail is a young lady embarrassed by the way her large frame displaces the water at her swimming class. Her peers heckle her, calling her a whale. Her swimming teacher does not interfere with the bullying, instead telling Abigail to imagine that she is smaller. "...if you want to feel light, think light!"

The rich imagination that this inspires in Abigail will hopefully encourage other children to excel beyond their expectations. However, it is disappointing to see the way her bullying is normalized and glossed-over, and the story may be less than encouraging for overweight children who feel marginalized.

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available in exchange for an honest review.

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