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IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE by Julie Fogliano


From page to page, Ms. Fogliano takes us on a quiet journey looking for a whale.  You know those huge sea creatures that should be easy to spot?  But, oh, so much can get in the way.  A young boy, in a large ocean, looking for an elusive whale….  It all begins with a desire.  What is needed to find a whale?  What is not needed to find a whale?  What are the distractions that keep one from finding this large gray creature?  And what was it that was being looked for anyway?  Patience and focus are two of life’s lessons engraved on these pages.  Culmination comes in a calming and happy ending to this wonderful adventure.

Ms. Stead’s fine illustrations using linoleum printing techniques and her penciled details are as soothing as calm seas, undulating with the words of the whale search.  Each page gives the reader plenty to look at, leading the eyes from the yellow boat, the red-headed boy, his two animal friends, and out across the open sea.

This is a book to be read cuddling with a child or two, pondering the few words and detailed drawings.  Then, when the little ones have gone to bed, the adult reader can read it again.

Reading Level: 2 – 6 Years

Author:  This is Julie Fogliano’s second book.  The first was the New York Times bestseller And Then It’s Spring, which received five starred reviews.  She is married with three children living in the Hudson Valley of New York.

Julie Fogliano and Erin E. Stead (Illustrator) first met while working together in a New York City bookstore.  They collaborated on And Then It’s Spring which was a New York Times bestseller.  Erin is married to Philip Stead, author and illustrator, living in a 100-year-old barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The two created A Sick Day for Amos McGee, winner of the 2011 Caldecott Medal.

Book Information:

  • ISBN-13: 9781596437319
  • Publisher: A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Original review was done in September, 2013 on original review website.


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