cover image The Whale

The Whale

Cynthia Rylant, Rylant. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, $14.95 (64pp) ISBN 978-0-689-84881-0

In The Whale, the second book in the Lighthouse Family series by Cynthia Rylant, with sepia-toned graphite illustrations by Preston McDaniels, the young mice Whistler and Lila come across a baby beluga whale who has lost his mother. They enlist the help of a cranky old cormorant named Huck to find the whale's mother in this sequel to The Storm, which PW called ""a sweet, sea-inspired tale... [that] will keep readers turning the pages.""