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The Voyager's Stone: The Adventures of a Message-Carrying Bottle Adrift on the Ocean Sea

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New York 1995 hard 1st Brand new. Dust Jacket Included Book ISBN: 0-531-08740-9. No printed dj price. Boy send message-ladenbottle which we follow as it travels the world Brian ... Floca artwork. brand new, fine dj, oversized blue cloth w/ teal bds. Giftable! unpaged. Read more Show Less

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
While the often rhyming free verse of this picture book tells the powerful story of an enslaved African American family who gain their freedom, the paintings surpass the literary text with their beauty, depth, and vibrant color. Told by a child narrator, the story centers on one family on a Carolina plantation. The father builds a wagon that is a symbol of their slavery and their freedom. The family must use the wagon to serve their owner until the Emancipation Proclamation sets them free and they use the wagon to journey north to witness Lincoln's funeral. The odd collapsing of historical time which allows an enslaved family to be set free so soon after the war ended should be noted, but the text as a whole is an intriguing and powerful look into the way slavery affected a child. The paintings Ransome created for this book are stunning. His use of color and detail brings the book to life with vibrant blues, browns, yellows, and reds. He showed the detailed and evocative expressions of the people's faces and gave the book a sense of realism, beauty, and depth that goes beyond the text. This is a moving and powerful picture book that should have adults and children talking, reading, and looking for quite some time.1996, Tambourine, Ages 7 to 12, $16.00 and $15.89. Reviewer: Alexandria LaFaye
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6A boy sets a bottle holding a letter and a special charm adrift in the Caribbean Sea, and readers follow its journey across oceans and around continents until it finally reaches Australia, where a girl finds it, writes a letter to the boy, and then composes her own message and sets the vessel adrift again. The bottle's travels are helped and hindered by natural elements, from waterspouts to tidal waves, and Kraske offers fascinating tidbits about these forces of nature. Vivid pen-and-ink drawings illustrate the text. Floca includes simple, clear, informative diagrams of such specimens as krill and jellyfish, as well as maps. These contrast with vivid, exciting scenes that cover most of a two-page spread, such as a battle between an octopus and a shark. Though the information offered is necessarily brief, the well-chosen facts are just enough to explain concepts and delight readers. The premise is similar to Holling C. Holling's Paddle-to-the-Sea (Houghton, 1980) and, like that classic, this title succeeds in providing an unusual and inventive introduction to nature and geography. The wonderful, panoramic complexity of life on Earth comes through.Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
Mary Harris Veeder
Although written as a fictional account of a message-carrying bottle, this book really explores oceanography--currents, animals, and the variety of life found at the margins of the world's oceans. While on a Caribbean vacation, a boy from Minnesota puts a message in a bottle. His note is eventually retrieved by a girl living on Australia's north coast. The text is particularly well detailed when it considers predation and the food chain, and the drawings by Brian Floca that record the bottle's journey are at their best when they picture animals. The book may appeal more to children already fascinated by the subject: it's a much more appealing approach than the usual stuffy overview of current charts and facts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531087404
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.46 (d)

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