Sail Away

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Sail Away

It's a perfect day for sailing. Motor under the bridge, putt . . . putt . . . putt past the lighthouse, put up the sails, and whoosh! But watch out for a change in the weather. Seas will swell and waves will crash before you sail back home.

A family takes an enjoyable trip in their sailboat and watches the weather change throughout the day.

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Overview

Sail Away

It's a perfect day for sailing. Motor under the bridge, putt . . . putt . . . putt past the lighthouse, put up the sails, and whoosh! But watch out for a change in the weather. Seas will swell and waves will crash before you sail back home.

A family takes an enjoyable trip in their sailboat and watches the weather change throughout the day.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the tradition of Truck and Freight Train, Crews spirits young readers away in an interesting vehicle, this time for a day of sailing. The power in the air and water are palpable as a family rows the dinghy out to board their sailboat and embark on an exciting trip. But when ``clear skies turn cloudy and gray'' and the seas become angry, the crew faces some scary moments. Crews's short phrases and multi-sized typefaces work in tandem to convey a true feeling of motion. In one particularly striking spread, for example, the word ``Whoosh!'' appears in giant letters as the sails are raised; the letters gradually bleach from a nautical blue ``W'' to a brilliant white ``H.'' Sunny blues and greens and lots of crisp white make up an appropriate seafaring palette. Even landlubbers won't be able to resist this invigorating outing. Ages 2-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Meredith E. Kiger
Crews' fans will love this latest addition to the transportation theme. The illustrations are softer and less minimalistic than usual, but Crews' knack for saying just enough to prod young imaginations is in evidence. A family out on a sailboat runs into rough seas, but the boat and its occupants are landed adeptly in a brief story that uses clever vocabulary.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3With inventive interplay between typeface and art, Crews conveys the excitement of a somewhat harrowing sailing experience. It starts out as a perfect day when the small sloop leaves its mooring, putt putts out under the bridge, passes the lighthouse, and sets sail. A violent storm provides a dramatic crescendo to the adventure before the boat returns home safely as the sun is setting. The brief text with selected onomatopoeia works harmoniously with the bold yet fluid watercolor art to create the sensation of sailing. The clever design utilizes typeface to further extend the impression of motion: slanted words mirror the angle of the wind, letters change size during climactic plot shifts, and, at times, the print is incorporated into the illustrationswhen the sails catch the wind with a forceful WHOOSH, the overblown letters billow onto the white sail. With his unerring sense of color and design, Crews has again successfully captured the essence of a moving experience within the confines of a book.Caroline Ward, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688175177
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 308,426
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.87 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.


Donald Crews es el renombrado autor de dos libros merecedores del premio Caldecott, Tren de carga (Freight Train) y School Bus. Vive con su esposa, Ann Jonas, cerca del Río Hudson, en Nueva York.

Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.


Donald Crews es el renombrado autor de dos libros merecedores del premio Caldecott, Tren de carga (Freight Train) y School Bus. Vive con su esposa, Ann Jonas, cerca del Río Hudson, en Nueva York.

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    SailAway

    Alot of book...little content.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2000

    Deserves a Caldecott

    This book is fantastic. We had access to it a few days and my soon to be 3 yr. old can't get enough of it. The build up and storyline are engaging enough for a preschooler to follow. The illustrations are fantastic and take you right into the story. We love it!

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    Posted November 25, 2008

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