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Roaring Brook Press

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Author: Gerstein, Mordicai

Brand: Roaring Brook Press

Edition: Illustrated

Binding: Hardcover

Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 40

Release Date: 21-11-2017

Details: Product Description A boy and his father discover a whale tangled in their only fishing net. Is the whale dead? While the man worries about losing their net, the boy worries about the whale. He remembers the fear he felt when, caught in a net himself in childhood, he almost drowned before being rescued by his father. When the whale blinks an enormous eye, the boy knows that he has to try to save the creature, no matter how dangerous doing so may be. Expressive and perfectly paced, this powerful story, The Boy and the Whale, by Caldecott Medal–winner Mordicai Gerstein was inspired in part by a real-life video of a whale’s rescue, and the creature’s joyful dance through the waves after being freed. From School Library Journal Gr 1–5— As the sun rises, a boy sees something big out in the sea—a whale. The boy Abelardo and his fisherman father ride their panga out to the whale who is caught in their fishing net. Pragmatic Papa is concerned about his net, but his son wants to save the whale. Back on shore, the boy's conscience tells him he must at least try to help the animal. He rides the panga back. He dives and cuts the net, dives and cuts, until the whale finally breaks free, reveling with joy. When Abelardo returns to shore his father awaits, hands on hips. With a hug, Papa commends his boy for following his heart to do something foolish yet brave. The first-person narrative balances action and dialogue that are both casual and filled with a gentle gravity. Gerstein's storytelling is simple yet effective. The story provides readers with the right amount of information, allowing them to easily understand the subtleties under the surface of Abelardo's relationship with his father. The mixed-media illustrations are dominated by ocean blues, creamy sun-dappled yellows, and the dignified dark gray whale. Gerstein explores light and shadow in the atmospheric and detailed images grounded in strong compositions and beautiful line work. The specific location remains unnamed; however Abelardo's Spanish name, the characters' brown skin, and the coastal setting point to a Latin American locale. According to the publisher's website, this story was inspired by a real-life video of a whale's rescue. VERDICT This beautifully illustrated story with universal themes is a definite first purchase for libraries.— Amy Seto Forrester, Denver Public Library Review "A tautly constructed narrative about a fisherman's son who wishes to free a whale from the net his father depends on for his livelihood." ―New York Times Book Review"[An] inspiring, humane adventure... Bravo for a courageous boy's achievement."―Kirkus Reviews"Dazzling."―The Horn Book"Filled with a gentle gravity... [a] beautifully illustrated story with universal themes."―School Library Journal"Gerstein has captured an extraordinary connection between the natural and human worlds that will be long remembered after the last page is turned."―BooklistI Am Pan:"If ever there was a god of fun, here he is . . . no mythtake." -Kirkus, starred review"Tons of humor, whimsy, and action on every page. An irresistible introduction to the god and to Greek mythology in general." -School Library Journal, starred review"Laughs come fast and frequently. . . It's every bit the wild and woolly "autobiography" that a chaotic spirit like Pan deserves."-Publishers Weekly, starred review"Gerstein artfully re-creates not only the finger-in-a-light-socket energy of a spirited child but the way that young kids tell stories: abrupt, arbitrary, and rich with action." -The Horn Book, starred review About the Author Mordicai Gerstein (1935-2019) is the author and illustrator of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, winner of the Caldecott Medal, and has had many books named New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Gerstein was born in Los Angeles in 1935. He remembers being inspired as a child by images of fine art, which his mother cut out of Life magazine, and by children’s books from the libr

EAN: 9781626725058

Package Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches

Languages: English