The Boy and the Whale (Hardcover)

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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.

About the Author

Mordicai Gerstein was born in in Los Angeles, California, where he attended Chouinard Art Institute. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City, where he worked at designing and directing animated films for television and met the writer, Elizabeth Levy, with whom he created the Something Queer Is Going On series of mystery picture books. This experience inspired him to write and illustrate over forty of his own books, several of which have been named New York Times Notable and Best Illustrated Books. He received the 2004 Caldecott Medal for The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. Mordicai lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, Susan.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781626725058
ISBN-10: 1626725055
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: November 21st, 2017
Pages: 40
Language: English
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