illus. by Scott Magoon. 40p. S & S/Paula Wiseman. Apr. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781442412583; ebk. $12.99. ISBN 9781481405331. LC 2013017696.
PreS-Gr 1—With the encouragement of its mother, a young whale spends the day exploring, making new friends, finding shipwrecks, and swimming past glaciers, while intermittently pausing to "breathe" during its busy day. When the whale encounters a polar bear and becomes frightened, its mother soon reappears and assures its safety. This comforting tale not only gives youngsters the opportunity to explore the ocean alongside a whale but also subtly reminds them of the importance of slowing down to take a break every once in a while. Magoon's illustrations, which were rendered digitally, are vibrant and expansive, each filling a spread with vivid shades of blue. The minimal text is laid out in clear, big font, supporting the impressive illustrations without ever overshadowing them. With its succinct text and sprawling pictures, this story is perfectly suitable as a read-aloud. Pair it with Stephanie St. Pierre's What the Sea Saw (Peachtree, 2006) for a gentle, ocean-themed storytime.—Laura J. Giunta, Garden City Public Library, NY
A baby white whale explores the ocean, diving, singing, and making new friends. Spare text suggests a contemplative pace with breaks for the whale (and the reader) to come up for air. The digital illustrations of rounded sea creatures in a palette of blues and whites create an ice-cold yet inviting atmosphere, and spreads have just enough detail for toddlers to explore.

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