Sailaway Home

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After sailing away on the high sea and in the sky, this young pig knows that home is the best place to be.

Author Biography: Bruce Degen's involvement with art has ranged from painting and printmaking to teaching art in New York City schools and directing an artist's lithography studio in Israel. The humor, warmth and fantasy of children's books attracted him to illustrating, and he now has over two dozen books to his credit, including the pictures for Mary DeBall Kwitz's Early ...

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Overview

After sailing away on the high sea and in the sky, this young pig knows that home is the best place to be.

Author Biography: Bruce Degen's involvement with art has ranged from painting and printmaking to teaching art in New York City schools and directing an artist's lithography studio in Israel. The humor, warmth and fantasy of children's books attracted him to illustrating, and he now has over two dozen books to his credit, including the pictures for Mary DeBall Kwitz's Early I Can Read Book Little Chick's Big Day(an Intrnational Reading Association/Children's Book Council Joint Committee Children's Choice for 1982). He is also the author/illustrator of Aunt Possum and The Pumpkin Manand the I Can read Book, The Little Witch and The Riddle.

A young pig imagines fantastic adventures in the sky and sea, always being able to return home at day's end.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
The rhyming verse in this story takes a young piglet on many adventures. They all end with the security of knowing that he can always "runaway home." The lilting words gallop the reader through the story's imaginary playground; through a storm at sea, playing with pirates, digging for treasure, riding an airplane, resting on a cloud bed, flying with dragonflies and butterflies, jumping with frogs into a pond, and dreaming dreams in a tree house. At the end of each adventure, he returns to the warm, protective love of his parents. This book will appeal to the child who is just beginning to take the first daring steps towards independence.
School Library Journal
PreS-Sweetly cheerful illustrations and sing-song rhymes can combine to create an unappealingly saccharine picture book, but in Degen's accomplished hands, these ingredients are melded into a delightful story of the twin joys of independence and security. A young pig enjoys imaginary adventures while never straying too far from home. Each fantastic escapade, whether it's a storm at sea, a battle with pirates, an airplane flight, or a buzzing dance near a frog-filled pond, springs from the little pig's creative play with everyday toys. The real-life outcomes of his exploits are often humorous, as when his toy plane lands unexpectedly on his father's head or a captured frog startles his mother. These and other amusing details in the colorful paintings (a clever combination of double-page spreads and inset vignettes) extend the story and ensure that repeat readings will be rewarded with fresh discoveries. The short, bouncy text mirrors the illustrations' dual focus, for each verse begins with outward motion (sailaway, flyaway, skipaway) and ends with the comforting return home. While the pastoral charm of this young animal's lakeside home (and low-tech pursuits) may be foreign to some readers, his energetic enthusiasm and clear attachment to his loving family will nonetheless endear him to a wide audience. Buyaway!-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
April Judge
While sailing his toy boat in a pond, a little pig lets his imagination take him on exciting adventures. He battles a raging storm on the high seas, travels by horseback to a lair of ferocious pirates, journeys by airplane up into the clouds, and frolics with the many inhabitants of the pond. At the end of each adventure, the pig always safely returns home to his loving parents. Each illustration effectively blends the little pig's real, secure world, depicted in small ovals or set off in page corners, with his flights of fantasy that sweep across the remainder of each double-page spread. The gouache-and-watercolor illustrations add a touch of humor and child appeal to the singsong narrative. This whimsical picture book told in a rhyming scheme reminiscent of Degen's earlier work, "Jamberry" 1983, will delight young listeners.
Kirkus Reviews
The fantastic adventures of a little pig who "leaves" his parents in order to fight pirates, to fly on a butterfly, and to "Sailaway, sailaway,/Over the foam./Blow with the gale away,/Bail with a pail away,/Hitch to a whale, and then/Sailaway home." The rhymes always follow the same short and bouncy pattern; the animals look like toys, and the adventures are always rooted in a domestic setting. Degen's characteristically colorful illustrations look effortless but display real craftsmanship and are quietly inventive. Perfect for toddlers showing their first signs of independence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590464437
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Series: Fiction Picture Book Ser.
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.83 (w) x 9.39 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Degen

Bruce Degen is the bestselling author and illustrator of the beloved, perennial favorite Jamberry and numerous award-winning books for children. He is the author and illustrator of Daddy Is a Doodlebug and Sailaway Home as well as the illustrator of the highly acclaimed Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole; the ever-popular Jesse Bear books by Nancy White Carlstrom; Jazzmatazz! by Stephanie Calmenson; and Shirley's Wonderful Baby by Valiska Gregory (available at your local library).

Bruce Degen's involvement with art has ranged from painting and printmaking to teaching art in New York City schools and directing an artists' lithography studio in Israel. Mr. Degen studied art at the Cooper Union and Pratt Institute. He was born in Brooklyn, New York—just like Charlie Muttnik—and now lives with his family in Connecticut.

Bruce Degen is the bestselling author and illustrator of the beloved, perennial favorite Jamberry and numerous award-winning books for children. He is the author and illustrator of Daddy Is a Doodlebug and Sailaway Home as well as the illustrator of the highly acclaimed Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole; the ever-popular Jesse Bear books by Nancy White Carlstrom; Jazzmatazz! by Stephanie Calmenson; and Shirley's Wonderful Baby by Valiska Gregory (available at your local library).

Bruce Degen's involvement with art has ranged from painting and printmaking to teaching art in New York City schools and directing an artists' lithography studio in Israel. Mr. Degen studied art at the Cooper Union and Pratt Institute. He was born in Brooklyn, New York—just like Charlie Muttnik—and now lives with his family in Connecticut.

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