Dario and the Whale

When Dario and his mother move to Cape Cod from Brazil, Dario has a hard time making friends since he doesn’t speak English well. But one day Dario meets someone else who has just arrived in New England and he doesn’t speak any English at all…because he’s a right whale! Day after day Dario and the whale meet at the beach. But what will happen when it’s time for the whale to migrate?

  • 32 Pages
  • 10.75" x 8.5"
  • 9780807514634
  • March 2016

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  • This delightful story is based on the author’s actual experience on Cape Cod. The illustrations are delicately lovely, the simple backgrounds allowing readers to focus on the action and expressive main characters. A helpful note about right whales concludes the book. A heartwarming paean to long walks along the beach.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • The fleeting nature of this relationship soon makes itself known, but the magic of the encounter, the hope of a future meeting, and the possibility of friendship with the girl conclude the story on an uplifting note.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • Set in sunny Cape Code, this bright and colorful picture book is sure to catch the eye of its readers. The deep blues, greens, and yellow of the land and sea perfectly capture the warmth and happiness of the beach in springtime. This book will spark rich conversations on a broad range of topics.

    - School Library Journal

  • The almost holy wonder of looking into a whale’s eye is sublimely captured here in Bulgarian-born Bistra Masseva’s beautiful, dramatic spread showing a giant whale’s head looming large, with the boy dwarfed on the shore.

    - Shelf Awareness starred review

  • This moving story delivers an up-close look at a right whale calf, told against the breathtaking paintings of sea, sky, and beach.

    - Booklist Online

Awards & Accolades

  • CCBC Choices 2017
  • Little Free Library Action Book Club, Young Readers


Common Core

RL.2.1,2,3,4,5,7,10 RF.2.3,3d,4,4a,4b,4c L.2.3,4,4a,4c,5,5a,5b,6 W.2.2,3,5,6,7,8


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5
  • ATOS Level: 1.8