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We'll All Go Sailing

We'll All Go Sailing

by Richard Thompson, Maggee Spicer, Kim Kim LaFave (Illustrator), Kim La Fave (Illustrator)
Nominee for the Governor General's Literary Awards Children's Literature - Illustration, 2001

Richard Thompson and Maggee Spicer join forces with Kim LaFave in this colourful tour of the seas. The young narrator and his friends, Maggee and Jesse, travel to a myriad of places to look at sea life that is every colour of the rainbow. Children will delight in


Nominee for the Governor General's Literary Awards Children's Literature - Illustration, 2001

Richard Thompson and Maggee Spicer join forces with Kim LaFave in this colourful tour of the seas. The young narrator and his friends, Maggee and Jesse, travel to a myriad of places to look at sea life that is every colour of the rainbow. Children will delight in the pink octopus, the blue manatee, and the orange barracuda, to name but a few.

Richard Thompson and Maggee Spicer have created a rhythmic poem (in the same vein as their ealier collaboration, Fishes in the Ocean) that will encourage the very youngest of new readers. Together with Kim La Fave's bold and playful illustrations, this delightful poem will . . .

make a fine book
To show what we'll see,
When we all go sailing
On the rainbow seas.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Illustrator Kim LaFave successfully test-drives a new style of art in this latest picture book. Boldly coloured sea creatures with thick, dark outlines lie against a high-contrast background. The trio in the boat resemble figures from Popeye, while many of the other images have the simple feel of the work of the late New York artist Keith Haring, but with lots of added texture. The 'green jellyfish' and the 'bright blue cod' splashed against a canary yellow background in one memorable spread create a fabulous impact. The poem at the end provides the full text on one page for those who want to savour just the words. Clearly, both the illustrations and the writing are solid enough to stand alone, but together, the effect is superb."
— STARRED REVIEW, The Quill and Quire

"A rollicking tale of adventure at sea featuring three small, cartoonish characters in a red sailboat on an indigo blue sea. Almost eclipsing the sea shanty, though, is the visual and tactile adventure that this picture book offers. . . An age-appropriate amount of suspense keeps things rolling along nicely to a satisfactory conclusion."
The Globe and Mail

". . . La Fave's intense colours, with his three Katzenjammer Kids-like picnickers, make this picture book visually lively and an effective tool for talking about colours. Broad black outlines highlight bouncing waves and exotic sea creatures that fairly jump off the page."
The Toronto Star

"This well designed picture book introduces both colors and sea animals. . . The repeated pattern of the rhyming text and visual clues that allow children to guess make this book a good book to read aloud. . . The boldly conceived and vividly colored artwork is visually absorbing, and the jaunty air of the child characters remains charming throughout."

"Colour is a defining feature . . . in the hands of the British Columbia trio of Maggee Spicer, Richard Thompson and Kim LaFave in We'll All Go Sailing. Authors Spicer and Thompson have crafted a simple adventure that sails through LaFave's bold and colourful underwater art. . . This nautical adventure will be a hit with the preschool set, not to mention their parents."
The Hamilton Spectator

Children's Literature
Three friends go sailing on the rainbow seas in a rollicking, rhyming book from this husband and wife team. The book is filled with adjectives and colors, and children will delight in the story's rhythm, repetitive phrases and the creatures the three see in the sea. In each of the different colored seas the trio wonder what they will spy. A foldout flap continues the rhyme, naming two sea creatures and telling what color they are, while readers can find them in the large illustration. From a green jellyfish and a hot pink squid to a red narwhal and an orange barracuda, your child will come face to face with a variety of unique sea life. LaFave's illustrations are wonderfully quirky and colorful, and are unique in that they look like crayon drawings with paint overlays. Best of all, the story itself suggests an activity to do when you come home from adventuring¾make a book to remember your travels. This is a tale that is sure to be enjoyed by children who are learning their colors and who love to be actively involved in "uncovering" the story. 2001, Fitzhenry & Whiteside, $16.95. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Elizabeth Pabrinkis
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Three youngsters set sail on the big, wide sea, learning colors and discovering new creatures. The rollicking, rhythmic text is complemented by vibrant primary and secondary hues. The children are shown aboard their small vessel on a flap that covers half of one page of the spread and can be lifted to reveal new marine animals. For example, "We'll all go sailing/On the deep, blue sea./And what will we see/In the sea, we three?" "A pink octopus,/And a purple shark!/That's what we'll see/In the deep, blue sea." The final spread depicts the friends making a book of their adventures. The old-fashioned, winsome cartoon characters are reminiscent of Tin Tin or Little Orphan Annie, with their tufts of blond hair and hollow round eyes. A serviceable addition to picture-book collections.-DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Colorfully illustrated by Kim LaFave, Maggee Spicer and Richard Thompson's We'll All Go Sailing is the delightful picturebook story of three intrepid young sailors who launch their boat into the great wide sea. As they explore waters of many different hues they also meet a colorful array of sea creatures. When their voyage is over, the collaborate to make a fine book recording all of their great discoveries. Cleverly designed gatefolds are an invitation for young readers ages 2 to 5 to turn over each page, as they delight in the simple, yet highly recognizable shapes and learning about sea life. We'll All Go Sailing will prove to be a very welcome addition to any family, day care center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collection.

Product Details

Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
First Flight Series
Product dimensions:
10.32(w) x 8.72(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Richard Thompson and Maggie Spicer:
Husband and wife team Richard Thompson and Maggie Spicer have collaborated on three books in the We'll All Go series as well as the early reader, Fishes in the Ocean. Richard is also the author of The Follower, The Night Walker, Then and Now, and There is Music in a Pussy Cat. They make their home in Prince George, British Columbia.

Kim LaFave:
Award-winning illustrator Kim LaFave has illustrated many books for children including Big Ben, We'll All Go series and the early readers Emma's Emu, Andrew's Magnificent Mountain of Mittens and Andrew - Catch That Cat!. Kim lives with his family in Roberts Creek, British Columbia.

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