Ferryboat Ride!

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A young girl describes her ferryboat ride as she travels to her summer island home: cars and trucks rattle onto the boat, a forklift brings heavy cartons aboard, the engines start to rumble and throb, and finally the captain blows his whistle and steers the ferry out of the harbor. Once the ferry is under way, the girl watches the water, feeds the gulls, and peers through the fog as the foghorn blasts. By the time the ferry pulls up to the island pier, readers will want to find a ferry of their own to ride. ...
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A young girl describes her ferryboat ride as she travels to her summer island home: cars and trucks rattle onto the boat, a forklift brings heavy cartons aboard, the engines start to rumble and throb, and finally the captain blows his whistle and steers the ferry out of the harbor. Once the ferry is under way, the girl watches the water, feeds the gulls, and peers through the fog as the foghorn blasts. By the time the ferry pulls up to the island pier, readers will want to find a ferry of their own to ride. Simple, straightforward language and vibrant watercolor illustrations perfectly capture the magic of this unique form of transportation.

A little girl notices all the sights, smells, and sounds along the way when her family takes a ferryboat to their summer island.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rockwell and Smith take youngsters on a breezy yet exhilarating anticipatory ride aboard a ferry transporting a girl and her family to their "summer island." The girl's voice sounds natural even when offering definitions ("Bow is what you call the front of the boat. Stern is what you call the back"), and she incorporates the terms, for instance, as she describes small sailboats to starboard when the Julianna B. leaves the harbor. Rockwell (Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me? ) calls on all the senses: seagulls are "squealing and mewing alongside the ferry"; "Sea spray drips from the rail"; and upon arrival, the island air smells "part like the sea and part like gardens that grow on land." Rockwell manages to portray a girl proud of her knowledge of her summer retreat but eminently approachable ("Boats are always called `she'--I don't know why"). Smith's (This Is Your Garden) perky, color-filled illustrations are just as tactile as the text and portray a chipper crew of passengers. Readers will want to set sail themselves after experiencing this ferryboat ride. Ages 5-8. (May) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Rhenda Fearrington
Drawing from her childhood memories, Anne Rockwell produces another sensory delight through her literature. A little girl looks forward to her summer at the family's cottage across the sea. The best part is the ferryboat ride on the Julianna B. From the upper deck of the ferryboat there's so much to see and hear: from the blast of the ferryboat whistle to the muffled sounds of the lobster boat's foghorn. If you've ever been on a ferryboat, then you'll appreciate Maggie Smith's illustrations. Thanks to Ms. Smith, there are many vivid details to enjoy that aren't cited in the text and they make you feel as though you're right there. But true to form, Anne Rockwell not only entertains the reader but educates them as well. She shares definitions of nautical terms, such as: the bow and the stern, and explains the need for instruments such as the radar antenna. This happy story offers so much detail that you'll never see the same thing twice, and the reader will want to take this ride over, and over again!
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2A little girl describes her familys annual ferryboat ride to their summer island from the hustle and bustle of loading cars, passengers, and freight at the mainland dock to the holiday atmosphere when they arrive at their destination. During the voyage, she watches the sailboats in the harbor, experiences the chilly fog and sound of foghorns out on the ocean, sees a passing lobster boat, feeds the seagulls, and hopes for a glimpse of a whale. Finally, she catches her first look at the island as it comes closer and closer. The bright watercolor illustrations do an excellent job of extending the text with many interesting details, including the pets, picnic baskets, and toys carried onto the Julianna B. and the ways in which the travelers amuse themselves during the trip. The attractive layout alternates between two-page spreads and illustrations placed in round medallions surrounded by white space, as if the scenes were being glimpsed through a porthole, telescope, or the center of the life preserver that frames the ferryboat on the books cover. Some of the paintings, like the opening view of the wide expanse of ocean between mainland and island, give readers a long-distance view, while others zoom in on the passengers. A seaworthy purchase for all picture-book collections.Ginny Gustin, Santa Monica Public Library, CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517709597
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/18/1999
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.27 (d)

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