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The Fisherman & the Whale

Written & illustrated by Jessica Lanan
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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.

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Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
5.5 / 7.0

The illustrations in this wordless picture book are absolutely phenomenal! You’ll love this wordless story about a boy and his father out fishing for the day who come across a whale in need of some help. Even when it’s inconvenient for them, the father jumps out and helps the whale, who gives the man and boy and nice thank you when he’s free. :)

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Book Topics › wordless
Worthwhile Wordless Children's Books
Book Topics › the ocean
Children's Books About The Ocean
Book Topics › whales
Children's Books About Whales
Book Topics › marine life
Children's Books About Marine Life
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Who Wrote The Fisherman & the Whale

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Jessica Lanan

Jessica Lanan grew up surrounded by the majesty of the Rocky Mountains and finds inspiration all around her in the natural world. She is the illustrator of several books for children including Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story and The Story I’ll Tell. The Fisherman and the Whale is the first book that she has both written and illustrated. Jessica lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband, baby daughter, and three-legged cat. Visit her online at

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Publication Date:
May 14, 2019
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