Kikeo and The Whale

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Kikeo and The Whale is a bedtime story that submerges the young reader in a sea of dreams. Hand-in-hand with National Geographic Creative photographer Kike Calvo, the reader discovers a beautiful story of an encounter between Kikeo and a baby whale and her mom. The adventure unfolds with a clear message on the importance of preserving our oceans.

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“This children’s book comes at a time when the pressure on our ocean resources is unprecedented and accelerating,” said National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and Pristine Seas Executive Director Enric Sala. “Kike Calvo, a talented photographer and conservationist, has written a beautiful bedtime story of an encounter between Kikeo, a fictional young explorer and photographer, and a baby whale and her mom. The adventure unfolds with a clear message on the importance of preserving our oceans. Kikeo’s adventures teach our children some key lessons in tolerance, conservation and respect to the environment.”

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Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) calf and mother.                   Photo © KIKE CALVO

Kikeo and The Whale is a beautiful story that submerges first readers in a sea of adventure,” said Sala. “The oceans sustain all life on Earth. It gives our children, and us, half of the oxygen we breath and the seafood we eat, it regulates our climate, and captures much of the carbon pollution we put in the atmosphere – and it also allows us to have fun, learn and explore. Overfishing, pollution, and climate change are the main threats to ocean life.”

“In the same way our Pristine Seas project works to inspire governments to create large protected areas, other conservation efforts are happening around the world, led by writers, photographers, artists and scientists,” said Sala. “Anything we can do to inspire and teach future generations is crucial. “



“Following my passion for photography, I have worked in more than 90 countries with Kike,” said the main character of the book Kikeo. “From the freezing waters of the Arctic to the humid rain forests in Central America. My creator tells me I represent strength, strong will, friendship, energy and a never-ending ability to dream.”

“There are many lessons my adventures around the world have taught me, but probably the most important one is that we should never stop dreaming,” said Kikeo. “To dream learning and to learn dreaming. Make sure you never lose that little kid who will always be in your heart.”

Humpback Whale breaching (Megaptera novaeangliae)         Photo © KIKE CALVO

In a world where information overflow and messages of consumption overwhelm us, the books on Kikeo’s adventures aim to stimulate children´s imaginations while they learn.

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