Monday, November 7, 2016

Murrow, Ethan, & Vita Murrow. The Whale.

Murrow, Ethan, & Vita Murrow.  The Whale.  Candlewick Press  2016  unp  $17.99  ISBN 978-0-7636-7965-1  all ages  Animal fiction  VG-BN   

Readers will be captivated by the gorgeous graphite illustrations in this almost wordless book detailing a controversial whale sighting.  A legend started fifty years ago involving a sighting of a Great Spotted Whale that was never confirmed.  Now two young whale watchers set out to find the whale.  When their boats collide, they combine resources to attain irrefutable proof of the whale’s existence. 

The Murrows vividly capture the awesome magic of sighting a whale.  The meticulous grey-scale illustrations offer incredible detail.  The experience will resonate even with land-locked readers who have never participated in a whale watch.  This is an excellent springboard to creative writing and storytelling.   

Summary: Two young people set out on an adventure to prove the existence of a mythical Great Spotted Whale.

Whales, Whale-watching                                --Hilary Welliver

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