Life in the 1940s was hard enough with the war in Europe, the Depression, and nature playing tricks on farmers. How can one ten-year-old boy cope with all that plus a pesky little sister and a neighboring bully? Jimmy finds help in an unlikely form…a Whale. That is, an unusual friend by the name of Mr. Whale—Jonas T., to be exact. This tale of Kansas farm life, although written for children, will appeal to readers of all ages.