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Children's LiteratureIn this beautifully illustrated book, a little boy launches a paper boat in a stream. From there it travels to the sea after passing many things. The boy does not mind his boat getting away since it can have all sorts of adventures for him. Written in rhyme, this book is great for story time or bedtime. It is a pleasure to read aloud. The words flow, and the rhythm bounces along. Each page builds on the preceding. By the end everything the boat has seen repeats in the text. The repetition occurs consistently enough that children will want to join in the chant. The illustrations add to the text. Besides the items specifically mentioned, the boat also passes additional people and objects. The people are a mix of races and ages consistent with the modern North American city shown. The people are involved in a wide variety of activities, most of which are not cataloged in the text. Many additional animals also appear in the pictures. The pictures provide a jumping off point for dialogue between the reader and the child, since the two can discuss the added details. 2004, Annick Press, Ages 2 to 5.