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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596437316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596437319
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* In this gorgeous love song to the imagination, a little boy and his trusty basset hound want nothing more than to catch a glimpse of a whale. If you want to see a whale, there are certain things you’ll need, like a window looking out on a vast ocean. You’ll need plenty of patience, too: “time for waiting / and time for looking / and time for wondering, ‘is that a whale?’’’ You might be distracted by miraculous things along the way, like the sweet, fragrant smell of pink roses or pelicans perched on posts or an inchworm on a leaf. These are all wonderful things, but they are not a whale. But if you “keep both eyes on the sea / and wait . . . / and wait . . . / and wait . . .,” it just might happen. The creators of And Then It’s Spring (2012) return with this quiet, contemplative, beautiful poem about patience and dreams—and about enjoying the journey. The illustrations open up from a boy sitting before a window into the world of his own imagination, where whale-shaped clouds swirl overhead and an armchair becomes a boat. Sea-foam colors, set off on white backgrounds, saturate the pages; the blues and greens are textured, giving the sea a palpability and immediacy. And when that whale emerges at the very end, it’s breathtaking, and most certainly worth the wait. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Stead took home the Caldecott for A Sick Day for Amos McGee in 2011, while Fogliano and Stead’s first outing, And Then It’s Spring, received five starred reviews. Fans will be waiting. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ann Kelley

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This book has a lovely text and a very beautiful illustration.
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He waits in quiet anticipation for the last three pages -- and is delighted every time we read it.
selze
This book captures the world of a child curious about things around him/her.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Martha Frankel on May 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
if you want to see a whale is the kind of book you can read night after night after night, and never be bored! It is absolutely lyrical, and the drawings are so comforting. Loved
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By thomas beuthe on May 14, 2013
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This book is a little slice of heaven... You can read over and over again and find something intriguing every time!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By coral tree on June 19, 2013
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We gave this as a gift to a 4 year old who lives near the ocean. I thought the book was sweet and poetic. It also seems good for the age group. My 3 year old daughter has yet to see much marine life (although there is plenty here) because she is looking everywhere all the time and gets distracted :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Darcy on July 30, 2013
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This is my toddlers favorite book, one of my favorites too. It is about patience and not losing sight of what you want.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 11, 2013
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Sometimes you want a zippy book and sometimes a funny one and sometimes a silly one. But sometimes you want a quiet book for a quiet time. With its interesting but soothing pastel images this book lends itself to a close and comfortable snuggily reading time. The prose is clear and each word is carefully chosen, but not at all condescending or simplified as in a "See spot run" sort of way . It encourages thoughtful reading and understanding, and lends itself to conversation between the reader and the child as the book progresses. This is awfully hard to do, especially because one poorly framed page can break the spell. It even has a mellow joke ending. What a nice find, with such a light, lovely touch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By selze on September 19, 2013
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This is an incredible book, beautifully written and illustrated. While some reviewers have noted that the story might be a bit slow for a very young child, it really just depends on the kid. When we first started reading this to our son at 20 months, there were one or two pages where we skipped a word or two in order to keep his interest. It was possible to do that without detracting too much from the story, or from the beautiful writing. However, there is no longer any need to do that just two months later. He waits in quiet anticipation for the last three pages -- and is delighted every time we read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sublimetxn on August 21, 2013
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Like many young children, my four year old son is fascinated with animals, including marine life. I read this book to him quite a bit. As an adult, I appreciate it, because of its lyrical qualities, and the beauty in the illustrations. Like another reviewer, I sometimes get a little teary-eyed when reading it. There's something very poignant about this lone boy and his dog, whiling away the days searching for a whale. One of the more moving children's books we read on a regular basis. Really beautiful.

There is also a point to be said for certain younger ones maybe not enjoying this as much. My two year old daughter doesn't have the patience for it. To each their own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Berger on August 1, 2013
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This book is perfect for little people from 2-5 years old, and also for imaginative "grow ups" too. The story is simply told, and the ending is as creative as the whole little book. The illustrations are outstanding and an integral part of the story. My two granddaughters both love it.
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