Dear Greenpeace by Simon James

Dear Greenpeace

Written by Simon James
Illustrated by Simon James

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Dear Greenpeace is 25 years old this year and it’s still as fresh and touching as on its first publication and perhaps even more important. A little girl writes letters to Greenpeace asking how best to care for the blue whale living in her pond. Greenpeace writes back, answering her questions, though insisting that there can’t possibly be a whale in her back garden. At last Emily writes to say that the whale has left – on a migration probably – but she meets him again at the seaside and he lets her stroke his head. It’s one of the loveliest celebrations of a child’s imagination, but also illustrated the connection between children and the natural world, and gently encourages them to make their voices heard. ~ Andrea Reece


Dear Greenpeace by Simon James

Celebrating 25 years of this enchanting ecological fantasy from a multi-award-winning picture book creator.

Worried that the whale living in her pond is unhappy, Emily writes to Greenpeace, who, though offering the best of advice, insist that it is impossible for a whale to live in a pond. Undeterred, Emily continues to seek the best course of action for her beloved whale, finally setting him free.


This charming book about a boy and his whale will stop you in your tracks. It could initiate a talk with your little one about the environment Angels & Urchins The perfect introduction to learning about our planet and the importance of caring for it. Baby London If ever a story deserved the word charming it is Simon James

-plus will love this anniversary edition with its colourful child-friendly illustrations. Newbury Weekly News It is an extremely cute, amusing and informative tale for little people. Culture Baby A touching story about a girl and the whale who lives in her pond. The perfect introduction to learning about our planet and the importance of caring for it. Baby Surrey

About the Author

Simon James

As a child

Simon James grew up in Bristol and Exeter. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth School, Crediton. From an early age, he spent much of his time drawing and stapling stories into little books. His father had lots of books on cartoonists, many of whom Simon tried to copy. His favourites were Ronald Searle and Gerard Hoffnung. He spent the rest of his time climbing trees, saving worms from puddles and worrying about the strange shapes in the curtains at night.

As an adult

After leaving school, Simon had many different jobs, whilst hoping to be a cartoonist. Some time later he went to college to study graphic design and art history. “Whilst working with words and images together, I developed a greater understanding of the techniques used in creating picture books.” he says. After college, Simon went back to spending much of his time drawing and stapling stories into little books – and still does to this day.

As an artist

Simon’s first book, The Day Jake Vacuumed, was published in 1989 – and two more books about Jake soon followed (reissued by Walker in 2002). His first title for Walker Books, My Friend Whale, was the first of several concerned with a child’s relationship with the natural world – Dear Greenpeace, Sally and the Limpet, The Wild Woods and The Birdwatchers have established Simon as one of the country’s leading author/illustrators. Leon and Bob won the Smarties Book Prize Silver Award and was the New York Times' Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and Days Like This, a collection of small poems, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Baby Brains was the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award in 2005, voted for by 25,000 children, and Simon followed up this success with two more Baby Brains titles, Baby Brains Superstar and Baby Brains and RoboMum. Simon continues to be a much sought-after speaker in schools, and at festivals and conferences both in the UK and in the USA.

Things you didn't know about Simon James

As a child Simon wanted to be a stuntman or a cartoonist. He can run very fast. He loves water-pistol fights. He saves worms from the pavement and puts them onto the grass. He doesn’t like coffee or tea, but drinks lots of water After leaving school, he trained to be a police officer but was asked to leave for drawing penguins in his police notebook. His ideal day out is walking with The Adventurers (four children he knows and who feature in his book Days Like This) wading through streams - with rucksacks full of chocolate. He loves music, especially Van Morrison. He can’t sing and has a unique way of dancing His favourite sound is birdsong, especially the songs of blackbirds, skylarks and chaffinches.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd March 2016




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