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Summary: A boy is walking on the beach looking for adventure. He finds a boat that takes him out to sea. The boat becomes a book; and as a boy reads, the book becomes a pirate ship. At the end of the day, the book comes to an end and the boat brings the boy back to shore. This illustrated version of Billy Collins' poem
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 9; read yourself:
Interest Level: 4 to 10
Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.
Young Reader Reaction: My kids listened as I read. They liked the illustrations, but did not request the book again. I was not surprised that they didn't request it again, it's a little bit more abstract than their usual reading material.
Adult Reader Reaction: I love the beautiful illustrations, the sweet poem, and the narrative about a boy setting out for an adventure though reading.
Pros: Beautiful illustrations take kids on a sea adventure. The theme of finding adventure through reading is also lovely.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It is a gorgeous book, but my children did not enjoy it enough for us to purchase it.
Educational Themes: Although billed for younger audiences (preschool to second grade) there is a lot to explore with older readers: allegory, imagination, the power of a book, et al.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.