The Red Boat

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Posy feels lonely in her new house. She doesn’t know anyone, and worries about making friends. One day, whilst exploring the garden, she comes across a red boat. Posy and her dog George have lots of fun in the red boat. They decide to visit it one night when they can’t sleep, and that’s when something magical happens... Another delightful picture book from the talented and popular Hannah Cumming, with an underlying message about confidence and friendship.
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Overview

Posy feels lonely in her new house. She doesn’t know anyone, and worries about making friends. One day, whilst exploring the garden, she comes across a red boat. Posy and her dog George have lots of fun in the red boat. They decide to visit it one night when they can’t sleep, and that’s when something magical happens... Another delightful picture book from the talented and popular Hannah Cumming, with an underlying message about confidence and friendship.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Posy moves with her family to a new neighborhood and new school. She worries about making new friends. She tells her dog, George, she doesn't like their new place. George says "Woof." Her new neighbors are strange, she thinks, and scary shadows dance on her wall at night. Again she tells George she doesn't like it there. Again George says "Woof." Posy worries whether the kids in her new school will be nice. George says "Woof." Then they find a small red boat in their yard. And things are better. They fish, have a picnic, rescue a sinking ship, race around the world, fight monsters and become pirates. That night Posy and George can't sleep, so they sit in the red boat. While they're looking at the stars, the red boat floats into the sky, then over the ocean and then under the waves. They land at the North Pole surrounded by polar bears. When Posy wonders what to do, George gives her a nudge and says "Woof." She says hello to the bears, who say hello back. The next morning, safe in her own yard, Posy sees her neighbors outside. Again George nudges her and she says hello. The neighbors say hello to her. Each night, Posy and George have an adventure in the red boat. Each night Posy learns to deal with another fear. At her new school, she sees all the children looking at her, but she imagines George giving her a nudge. Quickly, she has lots of new friends. After school, Posy and George sit in the red boat and she says she likes it there after all, especially school. George says "Woof." Charming story, with comforting illustrations. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—When Posy moves to a new home, the neighbors seem strange, her bedroom is filled with shadows, and she wonders, "What if I don't make any new friends?" Posy and her dog, George, discover an old red boat in the garden, and the two of them spend the day playing make-believe games in it. That night, they sneak outside to sit in the boat and look at the stars. Posy is surprised when the vessel begins to float up into the air. They finally set down in a distant land inhabited by scary polar bears. George nudges Posy forward and they are greeted with, "How nice to have visitors!" Before school starts, Posy and George take two more nighttime trips, first to the Moon and then to a large plain populated by wild animals. When the girl walks through the school gate for the first time, she imagines George giving her a nudge, and she bravely steps forward to make new friends. Later, she tells her dog, "I like it here after all." This sweet story about confidence and friendship concludes with a festive surprise party. Pencil and watercolor illustrations move the story along with comical and cozy details. Posy is adorable with her mop of red hair and rosy cheeks, and her smiling, yellow dog, George, will make youngsters laugh. Pair this title with Heather Maisner's We're Moving (Kingfisher, 2004) or Scott Beck's Little House, Little Town (Abrams, 2004).—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA
Kirkus Reviews
A "magic" boat offers a lonely girl a whole new world...of imagination. Little Posy, whose unruly mane of red hair is nearly as large as her body, is apprehensive about the big new house her family has just moved to. The people next door seem strange, and her new bedroom is too dark at night; she only has her faithful yellow dog George to keep her company. And what will her new school be like? In the backyard, Posy and George find a red rowboat under some bushes, and they play in it all afternoon. That night, Posy can't sleep and sneaks into the backyard with George to play in the boat again. This time, they float all the way to the South Pole, where they meet some polar bears. On subsequent nights, they play hide-and-seek on the moon and visit a large plain that's home to an amazing variety of friendly animals. Posy's nighttime adventures and George's moral support give her courage, and she boldly greets her new neighbors and makes many friends at school, with no problem. Cumming's illustrations affectionately capture a child's-eye view of the immensity and wonder of the world and have many funny touches. Her text is crisp and direct, an ideal complement. A deftly delivered lesson on facing life's little challenges. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846434938
  • Publisher: Child's Play-International
  • Publication date: 6/4/2012
  • Series: Child's Play Library
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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