Abigail the Whale Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-25 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 9 user ratings

" Beautiful art and beautiful message. It was a bit clumsy, but it's heart was in the right place. Recommended to parents who want their kids to focus on what their body can do rather than what it looks like. (Thanks Netgalley for the chance to review it.) " said.

" Abigail is a heavy kid. When she goes to swimming lessons the other kids call her a whale. Then one day her coach tells her that it's a mind over matter, that she only needs to think about something to be that thing. I think this may be a simplistic solution to a sensitive subject and hope that kids reading this book will be more conscious to how Abigail and other kids feel at being teased. " said.

" A Abigail é uma menina gordinha que está aprendendo a nadar, mas tem vergonha de entrar na água porque os seus colegas fazem piadas sobre o corpo dela. Com um pouco de imaginação (e o conselho do seu professor de natação), a Abigail vai aprender que ela pode pensar e ser o que ela quiser.Gostei. Ótimos desenhos. " said.

" Abigail does not like Wednesday's because it is swim day. When she jumps in she makes a large splash and the kids make fun of her. Her swim teacher try's to cheer her up by telling her to think light. There's a good message here, but I would have liked to see the swim teacher step in and correct the bullying. The illustrations were my favorite part of this book. They were really fantastic. " said.

" Abigail hates swimming lessons, until her swim coach suggests a visualization technique, which ultimately empowers her.I liked that Abigail takes responsibility for her outlook while be bullied, but I would have liked to have seen the bullies be reprimanded. Maybe this is life.. it's not fair. I enjoyed the illustrations (reminded me a bit Ashley Spires).I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. " said.

"Abigail is a heavyset young girl who dreads Wednesday swimming class. Aside from being teased, Abigail lacks the confidence in being the best swimmer she can be until she has a short conversation with her teacher. The teachers simple message is "We are what we think", mind over matter, she is what she makes of herself. The book tries to tackle a few underlying themes such as self confidence, building empathy, bullying/teasing, creating support for others and so on. For sure the book is unrealistic (easier said than done when it comes to handling body issues) but I enjoyed the metaphors and hope that this book helps give its readers confident boost.
*I received an ARC via NetGalley & OwlKids Books in exchange for my honest opinion.
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"I really loved that body shaming and fat girlhood was explored in picture book form for kids! However, I did feel that the "think light" advice was problematic because it felt like he asked her to imagine she didn't live in the body she had, asking her not to identify with her body. Except her body isn't the problem. What would it look like to think and behave from an empowered place as a big girl owning her bigness? I think we get a taste of that at the end.

I did really like the imaginative aspects of it (and the perspective-taking that happens) and her owning of Super Whale! at the very end. I would have liked to see advice that encouraged self-love and confidence by normalizing and celebrating her body from the beginning.
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"The title aside, I had hopes that this book for readers ages 6-8 would help reverse the body shaming of young girls. Abigail is a heavyset white girl on the swim team. As the book opens, she walks towards a group of jeering, thin white girls. They are making fun of her weight. The coach, a large, white male, does nothing to silence the bullying. He only tells Abigail, "if you want to feel like, think light."

Abigail practices this mind-over-matter advice to think "giant" to feel big and powerful as she walks home. When confronted with getting a good night's sleep, she thinks "hedgehog" to burrow in her bed.

The success with this mind trick continues when she thinks rocket and is able to enter the water without making a splash. The thin girls who mocked her earlier now cheer her on.

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