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Mordicai Gerstein's stunningly beautiful illustrations help tell this tender and harrowing tale of a boy who risks much to try to save the life of a whale which had become trapped in his family's fishing net. A poignant and heartfelt reminder of the deep and abiding connection human beings share with the natural world. — Patricia Vunk
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.