Boats on the River

Boats on the River

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by Peter Mandel, Edward Miller
     
 

Tugboats, showboats, coal barges, submarines, and more!

On the river there are long, low boats.
This one carries coal.
On the pond there are round row boats.
This one has two oars.

There are slow boats on the lake, towboats in the harbor, and show boats in the bay. "And in the bathtub there are bubble-blow boats. This one is your boat."

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Tugboats, showboats, coal barges, submarines, and more!

On the river there are long, low boats.
This one carries coal.
On the pond there are round row boats.
This one has two oars.

There are slow boats on the lake, towboats in the harbor, and show boats in the bay. "And in the bathtub there are bubble-blow boats. This one is your boat."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A pair of titles by Peter Mandel, illus. by Edward Miller, explore vehicles of the sea and sky. Boats on the River covers everything from "shiny showboats" to "slice-snow boats," with rhymed text and simple computer-generated illustrations featuring largely geometric shapes. Planes at the Airport depicts the gamut-loud urban "whirly-bird planes" and rural "barely heard planes." Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this companion book to Planes at the Airport, young readers learn about the variety of ships and boats that ply oceans, lakes and rivers. On the river there are long low boats (barges), circle-slow boats on the lakes (sail boats), showboats (paddle wheelers) and in the ocean go-below boats (submarines). My quibble with this book is that the author does not use the proper names for the boats and calling an icebreaker a slice—snow boat makes little sense. Kids who can pronounce the multi-syllabic names of dinosaurs will have no trouble with the proper names of boats. It is almost as if the author feels it is necessary to dumb down the text. 2004 (orig. 2002), Scholastic, Ages 1 to 3.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Spare phrases combined with bold graphic illustrations will entice busy toddlers. Mandel uses adjectives to describe the vehicles instead of their proper names. For example, submarines are "go-below boats," helicopters are "whirly-bird planes," and sailboats are "circle-slow boats." The final spread in both titles incorporates a child's world by depicting boats floating in the bathtub and youngsters playing with toy planes in an open field. Miller's clear, flat artwork combined with a singsong text suitable for reading aloud make these titles entertaining choices for transportation enthusiasts.-Olga R. Kuharets, Broward County Libraries, Fort Lauderdale, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439564151
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Pages:
8
Product dimensions:
9.16(w) x 6.64(h) x 0.21(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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Boats on the River 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BOATS ON THE RIVER is very simple but colorful and a lot of fun. Great bathtime read-a-loud book and the pictures of different kinds of boats get kids thinking about transportation and sailing. There's also a matching book, PLANES AT THE AIRPORT, from the same publisher.