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If You Want to See a Whale (Hardcover)

By Julie Fogliano, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
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If you want to see a whale, you will need to know what not to look at.

Pink roses, pelicans, possible pirates . . .

If you want to see a whale, you have to keep your eyes on the sea, and wait . . .

and wait . . . and wait . . .

In this quiet and beautiful picture book by Julie Fogliano and Erin E. Stead, the team that created the "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Honor book "And Then It's Spring," a boy learns exactly what it takes to catch a glimpse of an elusive whale.

A Neal Porter Book

A "Publishers Weekly" Best Children's Book of 2013
A "Kirkus Reviews" Best Book of 2013.

About the Author

Praise For…

"To find a picture book that attempts to explore the patient, persistent and solitary pursuit at the heart of creativity is unusual; to find one that succeeds in making such an abstract process comprehensible to children is extraordinary....The author-illustrator team responsible for the bestselling “And Then It’s Spring” has again produced something truly unique, melding a hypnotic text with translucent, light-filled illustrations that invite young readers to climb aboard, row diligently, keep looking and experience the wonder of the journey for themselves. --The Washington Post

"Fogliano’s words are carved and measured. This is a writer who takes her time, and the leaps she makes with language surprise and thrill." --The New York TimesStarred Review, Booklist, April 1, 2013 issue:"A gorgeous love song to the imagination . . . It’s breathtaking . . . Fans will be waiting." -- Booklist, starred review

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2013 issue:"Readers will gape at the two enormous, whale-sized talents at work in this transfixing picture book." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, March 18, 2013 issue: "Stead’s pencil and linoleum prints—as delicate, understated, and imaginative as ever—take exciting creative license with Fogliano’s expressive writing."

 "The same pair that brought us And Then It’s Spring (rev. 1/12) returns with a book that has a similar overall feel but a completely different story. . . this one takes on the possibility of imagination." -- The Horn Book

"Her [Stead's] work is often a study in composition, with horizon lines recurring like a chorus, counterpointed with subtle or strong diagonals and swoops. The whale itself is legitimately

humongous yet also clearly wise and benign, politely presenting itself to the presumably well-pleased whale searchers. This could be an inducement to some imaginary eyes-shut travel, or just an offbeat choice for sending kids off to dreamland." -- BCCB

Product Details
ISBN: 9781596437319
ISBN-10: 1596437316
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: May 7th, 2013
Pages: 32
Language: English