- Publication date:1 April 2022
- Format:Hardcover, Paperback
- Genre: fantasy
- Age guide: Younger Readers, 6-12 year-olds
By Andrew Plant
$16.95 – $24.95
Fluke is a young sperm whale with big dreams of seeing the stars. But when you’ve got a whale-sized head in the way, looking up isn’t easy.
So when wise old Cachalot advises him to look for the stars that shine below, Fluke sets off on an adventure that he never imagined possible.
- Addresses the issues of resilience, self- esteem, and acceptance of self in an exciting, original setting.
- Approaches the above issues in a non- didactic manner, through an appealing and well-loved character and exciting situation.
- Addresses the Australian Primary SOSE curricula, and many other areas including Science, Art, and Design.
- Provides many opportunities for extension activities in the areas of biology, geography, and environmental issues.
- Beautiful, detailed, and accurate but appealing illustrations that introduce a rarely explored world for students to experience.
- Extensive Teacher’s Notes available.
Anna-Rose Kirchner –
Fluke, a young sperm whale, wishes he could see the stars! Saddened he can’t, wise old Cachalot approaches him with some advice:
“Dive into the dark and cold.
Dive to where no star has ever shone.
So, he does.
What Fluke sees are the wonders and enchantments of the deep, deep waters he inhabits. Come Join Fluke on his magical adventure. Come Stardiving!
Andrew Plant is a Melbourne based author and illustrator with a background in Zoology. These skills have contributed to the publication of over 140 books, nine of which he authored himself. In ‘Stardiving’, Plant utilises a limited palette of mainly blues, creating an atmosphere both calming and deeply immersive. With some pages incorporating only one to two words guiding the reader through, the illustrations are what breathe life into Plant’s deep-blue wonderland.
Children of all ages will find beauty and a curious joy within these pages. Dive into this one today!
Kody Cook –
Stardiving is a stunningly illustrated children’s book about a young sperm whale named Fluke. Fluke is visited by a couple of dolphins who express to him the beauty of the stars. Suddenly enthralled by the idea of seeing the stars, Fluke is disappointed when the clouds prevent him from seeing them at night.
It is then that he is visited by an old, wise, and enormous sperm whale named Cachalot. Cachalot tells Fluke to not worry about what the dolphins think, but to do what sperm whales do best, to dive into the depths and see what he finds there. When Fluke heeds this advice, he discovers an ocean of wonders that change his perspective forever.
Stardiving explores ideas around discovering a sense of self and pursuing one’s own goals and ideas rather than those set by others. It does so in a subtle and character driven way, that’s engaging and compelling for younger audiences.
Andrew Plant’s illustrations are an integral and breathtaking part of this book. Particularly, his ability to depict light and darkness create beautiful images as Fluke bathes in sunlight on the surface or descends into the inky-black depths of the ocean. He also has an excellent grasp of the scale of the whales, and of the ocean itself.
To top it off, Stardiving is bookended by a selection of sperm whale facts, and quite anatomically accurate depictions of some deep-sea creatures along with their names. As such, the book could be used as a jumping off point for teaching about marine biology, and even ocean-based environmental issues.