Baby Beluga – an enchanting sing-along classic about a plucky little whale

th-20An enchanting sing-along classic about a plucky little whale that doubles as a child’s first environmental lesson.

Bibliographic Info:  Raffi  Baby Beluga  Crown Books for Young Readers (1997)  32pp  $6.99 Formats:  Board Book, Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0517709771  Reading Level: 2.2  Interest Level: preK-2  Genre: Sing-along/Music, Animal Stories  Themes: Animals, Under the Sea, Fish/Marine Life

th-21Summary:  Baby Beluga takes listeners along on a day in the life of a little white whale.  Baby Beluga swims, spouts and sings wild and free with his mother and his marine animal friends in this rhythmic and catchy sing-along.

StorytimeWow_FinalLogo-1Baby Beluga was given the StorytimeWOW Marquee Seal on May 8th, 2015 and has been selected for PictureBookWOW collection at

th-23Review:  Baby Beluga is Raffi’s popular and beloved sing-along and musical storybook classic.  The song’s rhythm is catchy and easy to sing.  The book’s illustrations are a joy to behold.  And, the story of the “little white whale on the go” is a cheerful celebration of childhood.  It’s also an endearing lesson about the interdependence of all life on Earth that underlines the importance of ocean preservation.  Join Baby Beluga for a “wild and free” day that includes a child’s first environmental lesson in Raffi’s cherished sing-along story.

Storytime:  Baby Beluga swimming “wild and free” with his mother in the “deep blue sea” makes a wondrous addition storytime!  This classic sing-along favorite is upbeat and catchy.  In storytime, all you have to do is press play, turn the pages, sing and encourage children to sing with you.  Baby Beluga will work as a regular weekly element (such as a feel-good closing song).  I also recommend that you find a beluga whale puppet for children to pet as they exit.

th-25Significance:  Raffi is a highly successful children’s recording artist.  Through his live performances, award-winning music, concerts and DVDs, Raffi has engaged and entertained generations through his prolific career.

Read-alikesFive Little Ducks by Raffi, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambault, Whole World by Christopher Corr

Links:  author’s website, Amazon, Scholastic

Other Reviews:  Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I had to include this awesome sing-along and storybook on because Baby Beluga is classic storytime gold.

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Written by Tom Schween