Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Whales By Cynthia Rylant

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Title: The Whales
Author and Illustrator: Cynthia Rylant
Publisher:The Blue Sky Press, An Imprint Of Scholastic Inc
 Age: 3 - 6

Cynthia Rylant has always been a favorite at home. Her name was the only reason I picked up this book. When I opened the book, acrylic paintings using sponging technique mesmerized me.

The book delivers neither facts about whales nor a story. The way the text is done, makes the book fall in to the ‘feeling’ category rather than in the ‘thinking’ category. The idea is to simply to celebrate the beauty of these gentle giants.

And Whales do not now,
as they rise up for a big breath of air,
that someone is standing on a shore
and his heart is filling up.
Filling up and ready to burst.
Whales do not know how they change people,
how they make them better,
how they make them kind.
Like angles appearing in the sky,
whales are proof of God.

As you read this book, you will feel a sense of calm seeping in. Makes this a perfect bed time book.

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