The Fisherman & the Whale
Jessica Lanan’s dreamy and dramatic watercolor paintings bring to life a wordless story about wonder in the natural world.
A fisherman takes his son for a trip out on the water. When they encounter a whale entangled at sea, they realize a connection that transcends the animal kingdom.
Praise for The Fisherman & the Whale
*"This impressive and eloquent tale is recommended for all picture book collections."
— School Library Journal, starred review
*"This wordless picture book, with its breathtaking paintings of the sea, does a splendid job of helping young readers realize that our planet must be shared."
— Shelf Awareness, starred review
"Lanan’s watercolor and gouache paintings are expansive and cinematic…a compelling tale worth sharing.”
— Horn Book Magazine
"Lanan’s cinematic storytelling pace never flags. She distills the global problem of sea life trapped by nets into a tightly focused narrative in which those who caused the damage are able to save the animal they hurt."
— Publishers Weekly
"Lanan's wordless narrative pulls viewers right into the choppy waves of her gouache-and-watercolor world…This compelling fictional introduction raises awareness and empathy for a very real environmental problem.”
— Kirkus Reviews
"Without using a single word, the author beautifully illustrates a rescue story that will resonate with readers who are becoming more aware of the problems humans have created through their environmental carelessness."
— School Library Connection