The Jolly Steamship

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The Jolly Steamship is ready to set sail! All the passengers, except a hard-to-please Pekinese, love watching the weird and wonderful creatures they meet on their journey—from diving dolphins, smiling seals, and wallowing whales to a jazzy octopus and a dishy jellyfishy. When the Jolly Steamship sails home, even the Peke wants to come back next year.

Harry Rowohlt’s rollicking rhymes and Walter Trier’s quirky 1940s illustrations make this ...

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Overview

The Jolly Steamship is ready to set sail! All the passengers, except a hard-to-please Pekinese, love watching the weird and wonderful creatures they meet on their journey—from diving dolphins, smiling seals, and wallowing whales to a jazzy octopus and a dishy jellyfishy. When the Jolly Steamship sails home, even the Peke wants to come back next year.

Harry Rowohlt’s rollicking rhymes and Walter Trier’s quirky 1940s illustrations make this voyage irresistible fun.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Greene
Sight-seeing while on a steamship vacation has never been such fun! The passengers aboard the jolly steamship encounter a variety of amazing and playful creatures, from the swordfish that has made a kebab on its spike to a one-man band octopus. But can anything impress the ship's grumpy Pekingese? The text, even in translation from the original German, rhymes nicely. The snapshot style offers a collage of highlights from the trip, flowing well from beginning to end while engaging multiple characters. The trip naturally starts with passengers boarding and ends in a sunset wedding giving the book a complete arc, and the reoccurrence of "the Peke" also adds a narrative element to the stream of funny and outlandish sights in between. There is a good balance between the goofy, like an actual flying flying fish, and the more realistic, such as the seahorse a boy meets while swimming or the family of smiling seals the passengers sight on a beach. The unique style of the colorful illustrations, employing an expert balance between extreme detail and broad strokes, is also sure to capture a reader's heart. This book offers a fun reading experience and children, just like the hard-to-please Pekingese, will find themselves wanting to sail the trip again! Recommended for children ages four to eight. Reviewer: Jennifer Greene
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735841277
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

HARRY ROWOHLT is an author, translator, newspaper columnist, and talented speaker and performer. Harry has translated 178 books from English into German, including A .A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. Among his numerous awards are the German Academy’s Johann Friedrich Voss Prize for Language and Literature (1999) and the Göttinger Elch Prize for Satire (2001).

WALTER TRIER (1890-1951), newspaper cartoonist and illustrator, was forced to break off his studies at the Prague School for Arts and Crafts, as he was deemed to be lacking in ability. In 1910 he moved to Berlin, where he quickly became one of the most famous cartoonists in the country.

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