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Busy Boats
     

Busy Boats

by Susan Steggall
 

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Following a fishing boat that leaves port in the morning and returns in the afternoon, this visual feast of a book illustrates many of the vessels to be seen in a typical harbour. From freighters being loaded with cargo, lifeboats, a ferry, speed boats, rowing boats and yachts, to an ocean liner, this is a book that celebrates the variety and beauty of boats and

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Following a fishing boat that leaves port in the morning and returns in the afternoon, this visual feast of a book illustrates many of the vessels to be seen in a typical harbour. From freighters being loaded with cargo, lifeboats, a ferry, speed boats, rowing boats and yachts, to an ocean liner, this is a book that celebrates the variety and beauty of boats and ships of every kind. Accompanied by a rhyming and rhythmic text that will delight the youngest readers, this is a perfect book for adults and young children to share. It is one that is sure to inspire a fascination with the sea and ships of all sizes. Following the author/illustrator's Rattle and Rap about a train journey, and On the Road and Life of a Car, this further establishes Susan Steggall as a striking picture book talent.

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'Perfect for sharing with a group of children at story time or with a single child at bedtime.'

Ideal for sharing as part of a topic on transport or vehicles, this vibrant picture book, full of life, and detail the sounds of the sea, is ideal for reading aloud with its rhythmic text.

Kirkus Reviews

The harbor contains a surprising variety of fascinating boats of all sizes.

Everywhere you look there are fishing boats, cargo boats motor boats, ferries, tourist boats and more. Along the sea edge are huge cranes and storage facilities. In quieter, more picturesque spots, there are shops, cafes and quaint houses. There is no plot device to match the train ride in Stegall's earlierRattle and Rap(2009), but the simple rhyming text is filled with action verbs that fill the book with sights and sounds and movement. Seagulls screech, engines shudder, cargo boats groan, rescue boats race by and row boats bob. Whether seen on land or aboard a boat, people are busy working or traveling or watching the action. Steggall is a master of torn-paper technique and renders scenes of remarkable depth and perspective in brightly colored detail, capturing a defining the essence of the life of the harbor. This kind of scene may seem foreign to landlocked young readers, and even American harbor rats may notice that this British port is not exactly like home. But they will be enthralled with the bustle and charm and will examine the pages over and over again, discovering more with each perusal.

Beguiling and visually compelling. Sail away!(Picture book. 2-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847800749
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Bks
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

SUSAN STEGGALL initially trained as a graphic designer, but then became a primary school teacher and taught young children for several years. After having her own two boys, she began work in a school library where she enjoyed finding out about new authors and illustrators and selecting beautiful new books for the shelves. As her boys grew up, she started making all sorts of pictures for them of the cars, trucks and trains they found so fascinating. After lots of experiments, the idea of using torn coloured and textured paper evolved. Susan lives in the New Forest in Hampshire.

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