The Fisherman & the Whale
In this wordless picture book, handsome watercolor and gouache paintings tell a story of deep connection between animals and humans.
A boy and his dad are working on a fishing boat when the boy notices a whale on the horizon. In a series of underwater scenes, readers see that the large mammal has become entangled in nets and ropes. The boy insists that his reluctant father help the whale. Jessica Lanan's double-page spread shows, on the left, the fisherman's eye reflecting the whale's image and, on the right, the whale's eye reflecting the humans. The connection is made, and the man jumps into the cold water to courageously cut the ropes. The highly dramatic paintings of The Fisherman & the Whale employ a palette of blues, browns and grays that are sure to stimulate a range of emotions and encourage readers to return again and again. --Melinda Greenblatt, freelance book reviewer