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Erin's Voyage

Erin's Voyage

by John Frank, Dena Schutzer (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When Erin finds an antique doll in her grandfather's attic, Grandpa tells her that it came from a ship lost at sea many years before, ``when your great-great-grandmother was your age.'' That night, wakened by the wind, Erin takes a magical boat journey into the open sea and returns the doll to its rightful owner. With his rich, arresting imagery (``The current began to gather speed, braiding the water into swirling strands''), Frank (Odds 'n' Ends Alvy) has wrought a tale textured with mystery and wonder yet anchored in simplicity. Fluid language carefully renders the many moods of the sea and wind, imbuing both with an otherworldly quality. Schutzer's (One Million Fish... More or Less) forceful, energetic oil paintings capture the moonlight sail, excitement salted with a touch of fear, the ghost ship looming above the waves. Loose brush strokes gently illuminate the love between Erin and her grandfather, with haloes of light circling their faces; later, scenes of the wind whipping the waves show the artist's talent for conveying drama and adventure. Ages 4-6. (Aug.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-While visiting her grandfather, Erin discovers an old doll in his attic. He explains that it was rescued from the seashore many years ago by her great-great-grandmother. That night, in bed with the doll, Erin hears a faint voice calling. She slips away to her grandfather's pond; there she boards a waiting sailboat and sails it down the creek to a river and finally to the sea. She sees a shadowy, wooden ship and returns the doll to its rightful owner, a little girl waiting on the deck. Painted with broad brush strokes, Schutzer's glowing, jewel-toned oils create wonderful pictures of the sea and bring the story to life. However, the text steers rather uncertainly between fact and fancy, lending a confused air to the entire project. Erin's handling of the sailboat is described in detail, which grounds the story in reality, but, in reality, a little girl would not be sailing by herself at night. The meeting between the two children and the exchange of the doll are fantasy, but after Erin returns home her grandfather notices that her hair smells of the sea (why doesn't he wonder what happened to the doll?). The bold, bright paintings are more suited to a realistic story and undermine the dreamlike elements here. All in all, a book that is lovely to look at but that has minimum impact.-Judy Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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