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Turk, Evan (author). Illustrated by the author.
June 2018. 56p. Atheneum, hardcover, $17.99 (9781481435208); Atheneum, e-book, $17.99 (9781481435215). PreS-Grade 3.
REVIEW. First published April 15, 2018 (Booklist). Turk’s compelling picture book begins with a blue whale cow that soon gives birth to a calf, drawn in red. “One heart beats. Two hearts beat. heartbeat . . . heartbeat . . . Two hearts, one song.” The whale and her calf, each illustrated with a visible red heart, live in a colorful blue ocean, and their song is depicted in swirls of red, yellow, and blue threads. Mother and baby swim together and sing together until sharp, white harpoons put an end to the older whale’s song and heartbeat, leaving the calf alone in the vast ocean. After the cow is killed, the illustrations change to black-and-white. One hundred years pass, and it is a human child who feels a connection and shows compassion for the plight of the whale. She and others begin to understand we have “one planet, one responsibility” to protect our earth and living creatures. Charcoal and pastels on black paper, collage, and tracing paper combine to produce forceful images. In an author’s note, Turk explains his compelling reasons for creating his powerful message: a symbolic trip aboard the last wooden whaleship in 2014 opened his eyes to the reality of the whaling industry and the turbulent relationship between humans and whales. Here, instead, he offers up a message of peace.— Maryann Owen