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Befriended by a whale as he is drowning in the ocean, a mouse gets a chance to reciprocate years later in an equally unlikely situation.
William Steig carved out dual careers as both a highly respected and entertaining cartoonist and an award-winning, bestselling author of children’s picture books and novels. He won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, the Caldecott Honor for The Amazing Bone, the Christopher Award for Dominic, and the Newbery Honor for both Abel’s Island and Doctor De Soto.
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“There is no question that Steig’s affectionately witty pictures and perfectly complementary narration make this a durable picture book friendship.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The book is funny and earnest, pellucid and profound.”—The New York Times Book Review
* “A simple, matter-of-fact story about the friendship between a mouse and a whale. . . . Lovely watercolor pictures and a funny, well-written text which presents its plot coincidences in tongue-in-cheek manner fit together admirably in this faintly Aesopian tale.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review