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If You Want to See a Whale

by Julie Fogliano
Illustrated by Erin E. Stead

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Patience. Determination. Here, as in Stead’s and Fogliano’s And Then It’s Spring, a little boy seems so alone with his beliefs that if nature proves finally unequal to supplying a happy ending, it’s not hard to imagine him making one up. What happens beneath the ground is a matter of blind, if empirical, faith, though it is nothing compared to the ocean, where these artists were due to apply their gift for possibility. We see ourselves in the ocean, as Herman Melville once noted: “It is the image of the ungraspable phantom of life; and this is the key to it all.”

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