Dear Greenpeace


Emily sees a big blue whale in a pond and writes to the organisation Greenpeace to tell them. Greenpeace think Emily is mistaken, and tells her there can’t be a whale in her garden. However, Emily is determined to prove that there is a whale in her pond, and keeps writing letters.


The book depicts Emily’s interest in and love of whales positively through her letters to Greenpeace. Emily’s insistence and assertiveness in her letters to Greenpeace demonstrates an admirable confidence, and also demonstrates an active citizenship in her engagement with the organisation. In the exchange of letters, Greenpeace suggests that she might like to sail the oceans with them studying and protecting whales when she grows up, deviates from the careers for girls more typically presented in children’s books.

Edited by: Centre for Children’s Literature and Culture Studies (Ireland)

Author(s): James, Simon

Illustrator(s): James, Simon

Publisher: Walker Books

City: London

Year: 1991

Pages: 28

ISBN: 9780744530605

Age Range: 6 - 10

Language: EN

Original Language: EN

Keywords: Career, Empowerment, Female characters

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