Boat

Boat

by Helen Ward, Ian Andrew
     
 

On a hill among hills, an old man lives with a strange collection of unwanted animals. Mutual fear and distrust keep the nearby villagers and the old man apart. One terrible stormy night, floodwaters threaten to engulf the little hill. It seems that the old man and his menagerie are doomed. Then, in the distance, a boat appears. Will someone from the village brave

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On a hill among hills, an old man lives with a strange collection of unwanted animals. Mutual fear and distrust keep the nearby villagers and the old man apart. One terrible stormy night, floodwaters threaten to engulf the little hill. It seems that the old man and his menagerie are doomed. Then, in the distance, a boat appears. Will someone from the village brave the elements and rescue the man - and his animals?

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Beautifully illustrated with somber pencil drawings, The Boat is a story closely linked with the biblical tale of the Flood. Text and illustrations support one another flawlessly. A young boy has a special connection to a mysterious man who lives as an outcast on an island with animals that have been "hurt or abandoned." To him, the villagers are "the noisiest, messiest, most inconsiderate-" of all the creatures, while the boy recognizes the humanity in the "grumpy old man." When a flood threatens to engulf the island, a boat appears out of the dark, and the boy responds, rowing toward it as the storm rages on. Ward's voice is sometimes self-conscious, stretching a bit to be mythic. Most annoying is the inconsistency of the writing, such as the sudden burst of alliteration: "Trickles tipped caterpillars off their twigs, and turned to torrents." The font is elongated and elegant. At crucial moments, the print is quite large, adding dramatic emphasis. In the end, this work reminds readers that an individual, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, can make a difference.-Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Washes of muted color against misty grey crosshatching and an elegant font soften this slightly didactic tale with its echoes of Noah and the flood. An old man lives on a hill, alone except for taking in hurt or abandoned animals of all kinds. On a nearby hill is a village that fears the old man, except for one boy who is fascinated by the man's care for the creatures. When the heavy rains begin and threaten to engulf the old man's menagerie, a boat appears and the boy seizes it, rowing to rescue first the animals and then the old man himself. The villagers, aroused, make rafts to rescue more, and take in the animals and the old man. When he bids them thanks, although his hill has been drowned, the rain stops and a rainbow appears. A quiet story, with images of people and landscape inspired by the artist's home town of Portland, Dorset, England. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781894965187
Publisher:
Simply Read Books
Publication date:
05/15/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.62(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
6 - 18 Years

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