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If You Want to See a Whale Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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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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If we wanted to see a whale as a child, we realized we had to go to the sea. We had no other options. This young boy and his beagle want to see a whale, and in the process of looking for the whale, they see many other things. Each time you read this story, you will find a new thought. This kind of book opens the door for your children to ask all sorts of questions, and great discussions can ensue. Or, this can be the quiet book, just before sleep.
Julie Fogliano, the author has the ability to draw the readers into her imagination, she takes her time, and we become enthralled with her story. The illustrations by Erin Snead brings the quiet but colorful prose to life. The water colored illustrations give us more time to use our imaginations on our search. This quiet storyline creeps up on us, and the words give us a sense of well being. If you really want to see a whale, you really have to observe, carefully.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 01-07-1
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.