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Jack's New Boat
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Jack's New Boat

by Sarah McMenemy, Sarah McMenemy (Illustrator)
 
With a bold summer palette and an enticingly retro feel, the creator of WAGGLE captures the familiar pang of losing a favorite toy — and the pleasure of finding a sympathetic companion.

When Jack goes to the beach to stay with his sailor uncle, he finds a wonderful surprise waiting for him. Uncle Jim has made him his very own toy boat! Jack can't wait

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With a bold summer palette and an enticingly retro feel, the creator of WAGGLE captures the familiar pang of losing a favorite toy — and the pleasure of finding a sympathetic companion.

When Jack goes to the beach to stay with his sailor uncle, he finds a wonderful surprise waiting for him. Uncle Jim has made him his very own toy boat! Jack can't wait to sail it on the ocean, but there’s a big storm coming, and as the rain pours down and the waves crash, he finds himself bursting with impatience. At last the rain stops, and Jack can't wait another minute. "Not too far!" he calls to the bobbing boat, but then — oh no! Will Jack ever see his red boat again?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Like McMenemy's Waggle, this warm tale of a toy sailboat touches on ordinary relationships in a satisfying way. Jack, a boy with blond hair the color of the beach, goes to the seashore to visit his Uncle Jim, a sailor. Uncle Jim has made Jack a small boat with red sails that stand out brightly against the pale-gold sand and white-capped waves. Yet shadowy blue storm clouds, diagonal slices of rain and choppy waters force Jack to stay indoors, and Uncle Jim says, "Let's wait for a calmer sea." Even when the weather relents, the "waves were still very big./ I'll just put it in at the edge of the water, thought Jack." Inevitably, the boat drifts out of his reach, and Jack, upset, calls Uncle Jim to search for it along the shore. They find it, improbably, docked alongside real sailboats in the harbor. "We'll make her seaworthy again," says the unfailingly patient Uncle Jim, repairing a torn sail with red thread. Everything is understated in the gouache and torn-paper images, composed in azure, navy and driftwood brown,, which appropriately evoke a bygone, unhurried era. McMenemy adroitly adjusts the pace by shifting between close-ups and multiple panels. While the boat is the catalyst and center of attention, McMenemy shows the tidal shifts in Jack's moods and anchors this sea story with Uncle Jim's reassuring presence. Ages 3-5. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-When Jack's Uncle Jim makes him a toy boat, Jack wants to sail it right away, but since a storm is approaching, his uncle tells him to wait. When he finally puts his sailboat in the water, it bobs farther and farther out to sea. The pair search along the shore for hours and resume the hunt the next morning without luck, until they walk to the harbor. The paper-collage and gouache pictures are bright and splashy. The gold and tan of the beach and the blue and white of the sea create a sunny atmosphere for this simple story. However, the text refers to a red boat, but the illustrations consistently depict one that is dark blue, almost black, with bright red sails. As Jack runs along the dock, he names the colors of the hulls of the real vessels and of the sails on his toy. This significant inconsistency is sure to confuse children who are learning the names of colors and the concepts of "boat" and "sail," and limits the usefulness of an otherwise appealing book.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Jack can't wait to sail the toy sailboat his Uncle Jim made for him. Every day of his vacation he asks, "Please can I sail my boat today?" and every day his uncle tells him to wait for a calmer sea. Days of stormy weather pass, so the minute the rain stops, Jack races to the beach and puts the boat in the water, thinking it will be "only for a moment." But the small sailboat disappears beneath a giant wave! The two spend hours searching for the toy, only to find it in the harbor, and only slightly worse for wear. While the story does indirectly extol the virtues of patience, it does thankfully forego a pound-on-the-head lesson to focus instead on Uncle Jim's sympathy for and friendship with his nephew. The summery illustrations, in paper collage and gouache, are gorgeous, especially as they capture the motion and moods of the ocean with bold brushstrokes and moody blues. As simple and satisfying as a toy sailboat on a salty sea. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763624774
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
05/10/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 10.89(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Sarah McMenemy has always loved the sea. "As a child, I often visited the seaside with my granny," she recalls. "These visits were treasured occasions of wonder and excitement. I wanted to create a story evoking those feelings." Sarah McMenemy graduated from Brighton College of Art. Her signature use of torn-paper collage combined with paint and ink can be seen on everything from clothing to the London Underground. She is the author-illustrator of WAGGLE, which BOOKLIST praised as "simple and joyful." She lives in London.

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