books we love

If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano

Sometimes it can be hard to be patient and focused, but if you have something enticing to aim for, then sitting and enjoying the process of waiting and watching can be a magical treat.

If You Want to See a Whale is a playfully serene book about a little boy who wants to see a whale. In order to do this, he has to resist some rather lovely distractions (delicate roses, sailing ships, a wise pelican, clouds floating in the sky) that try to turn him away from his ultimate goal. And though he notices these distractions, and learns from them, he continues to wait and watch until the time is just right to see his whale. 

The illustrations by Erin Stead are delicate and playful and work really well with the soft, simple wisdom of the words on each page. It's definitely one of our favorite books and is a must read for everyone.