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The Resource If you want to see a whale, Julie Fogliano ; Erin E. Stead

If you want to see a whale, Julie Fogliano ; Erin E. Stead

Label
If you want to see a whale
Title
If you want to see a whale
Statement of responsibility
Julie Fogliano ; Erin E. Stead
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Advises the reader about what to do, and not do, in order to successfully spot a whale, such as wrapping up in a not-too-cozy blanket, ignoring the roses, and especially, being patient
Tone
Illustration
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2013
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2013.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Preschool-Grade 2 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. -- Kelley, Ann (Reviewed 04-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 15, p46)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2 — A poetic text advises children what to do (and not do) if they want to see a whale, as the illustrations show a boy, a dog, and a bird trying out the actions suggested: "…if you want to see a whale,/you will need a not-so-comfy chair/and a not-so-cozy blanket/because sleeping eyes can't watch for whales…" and "…if you want to see a whale/you shouldn't watch the clouds/…because if you start to look straight up/you might just miss a whale." An imaginative effort, the book uses linoleum printing techniques and pencil for the softly colored illustrations. It is also designed with a great deal of white space, which deftly evokes the mystery and vastness of the sea. A unique and lovely offering that will appeal to sensitive and patient children.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA --Judith Constantinides (Reviewed June 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 6, p84)
  • /* Starred Review */ Fogliano and Stead team up again to examine the relationship between patience and reward, trading the gardening theme of And Then It’s Spring for a maritime setting. The text resembles a series of brief poems, each beginning with the phrase of the title: “if you want to see a whale/ you will need a window/ and an ocean/ and time for waiting/ and time for looking/ and time for wondering ‘is that a whale?’ ” Stead’s pencil and linoleum prints—as delicate, understated, and imaginative as ever—take exciting creative license with Fogliano’s expressive writing. When the author cautions against getting too comfortable (“because sleeping eyes can’t watch for whales”), a redheaded boy—the one seeking the whale—is seen leaning over a yellow armchair, peering down into the pale green sea in which it bobs. Gentle irony courses through the story: when Fogliano warns against being sidetracked by fragrant wild roses or the possibility of pirates in the harbor, it’s clear that those “distractions,” while certainly different than the split-second magic of spotting a whale, are treasures in themselves. Ages 2–6. Illustrator’s agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 18, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 11, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Fogliano and Stead (And Then It's Spring, 2012) produce another tender, timid story about a boy, his animal friends (a basset hound and a bird) and practicing patience. Whale watching requires lots of resolve to avoid distractions like birds, roses, pirate ships, clouds, pelicans and so on. Fogliano's exhaustive accounting of what not to notice artfully communicates the impossibility of unflagging focus. Her skeined advice unreels in a vivid, looping poem, while Stead's soft, accompanying artwork settles into subdued, simple compositions. Linoleum printing offers oceanic, undulating blues and greens, while pencil drawings bring the redheaded boy's freckles and his hound's drooping skin into focus. Stunning specificity surfaces in the poem's off-kilter phrasing (an inchworm's "just nibble scoot" across a leaf). The drifting verse floats and coalesces like the clouds that threaten to divert the boy from whale watching. When read aloud, it charms like an incantation. The poem's unresolved ellipses at the conclusion suggest an unending whale hunt, but Stead's final two images silently deliver what we've been waiting for. The whale, huge and hidden, floats beneath the unknowing child's tiny vessel and then twists its mass, pulling its head completely out of the water. The boy, his dog and bird rear back in wonder; readers will gape at the two enormous, whale-sized talents at work in this transfixing picture book. (Picture book. 2-6)(Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2013)
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Fogliano, Julie
Dewey number
[E]
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Label
If you want to see a whale, Julie Fogliano ; Erin E. Stead
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Neal Porter Book."
Control code
000049138941
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
unpaged pages: 24 cm.
Isbn
9781596437319
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Label
If you want to see a whale, Julie Fogliano ; Erin E. Stead
Publication
Note
"A Neal Porter Book."
Control code
000049138941
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
unpaged pages: 24 cm.
Isbn
9781596437319
Isbn Type
(hardcover)

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