The freeliness of swimming on the bottom of the sea was nice from inside out"". . .""I could kiss one but they have very big lips"". . .""The men kill the whale/ They do not waste the great whale/ Except its beauty."" These are some of the thoughts that schoolchildren in the U.S. and Canada contributed to Tamar Griggs' Friends of Whales project. Griggs says her request for whale pictures and poems, published in Scholastic magazines and elsewhere drew over 15,000 responses and it's easy to believe that the poster-paint leviathans reproduced here are the best of the lot--button-nose yellow blimps, exuberant azure spouters, huge blue ""Moby Dicks"" fighting an onsalught of harpoons, even a nattily dressed deceased whale laid out in a personalized coffin. All demonstrating that the save-the-whales message must be reaching our schools, and showing the spontaneous vision of children's art.