The Whale – Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Preston Daniels

51imqj3-k5l  The Whale, (Lighthouse Family – Volume 2) – Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Preston Daniels,  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9780689848810, 2003

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Animal Adventure, Early Reading in a Series 

What did you like about the book? I loved the Lighthouse Family as an intentional household of  helpful animals, including a cat Pandora, the dog Seabold, and three mice, Whistler, Lila & Tiny. In Volume 2- The Whale, we read of how the family’s next adventure unfolds, as they rescue a baby beluga whale Sebastian and reunite  him with his mother. Pandora enlists the help of a cranky old cormorant named Huck. While reinforcing respect for the elderly, yet gently illustrating his personality, Whistler and Lila go for a long ride on his back to find the mother whale and reunite the family.  The illustrations in soft charcoal tones are tender and expressive, with great details to linger over. By the end of Volume 2, you are intimately connected to this family and look forward to their next adventure.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  I would suggest this Lighthouse Series, Vol 2, The Whale to families and children that have been introduced to the  series, love adventure stories, shared together or read alone. The realistic personalities of each character and the values they portray of helping, sharing, in a community will reinforce the love of reading and the positive goals of society.

Who should buy this book? Elementary School Librarians, parents that want a good series for bed time reading to children.

Where would you shelve it ? Elementary reading books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Date of review: 12/21/2016


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