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As Time Went By
Contributor(s): Sanabria, José
ISBN: 0735842485     ISBN-13: 9780735842489
Publisher: North South Books
    OUR PRICE: $17.10  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2016
Annotation: A story of a steamship as time passes and it becomes abandoned, until one day a group of villagers who have no place to go rebuild it.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Steamboats; Fiction.
Wealth; Fiction.
Poverty; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Transportation | Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2016052147
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 11.75" W x 0.50" (1.00 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
A luxury liner is downgraded to a freighter, then abandoned. A once-wealthy family ends up in an impoverished village, which is then cleared by the landowner. Mixed-media illustrations become muted as circumstances grow more difficult. Happily, the villagers make a new home, filling the ship's deck with bright tents. This affecting book is an excellent reminder of the value of belonging when all seems lost. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2016 #4)
"Once upon a time there was a ship that sailed beside the sun with very important people on board," begins this spare, affecting picture book. "As time [goes] by," the luxury liner is downgraded to a merchant freighter, then sold as a fishing boat, and eventually abandoned. A wealthy family -- once passengers on the ship, the illustrations reveal -- suffers a similar reversal of fortune. The family ends up in an impoverished village, which is then cleared by the landowner. Jewel tones in the expressionistic, textured mixed-media illustrations become muted as circumstances grow ever more difficult. Happily, the villagers make a new home for themselves. They repair the abandoned ship and fill its deck with bright tents, bringing vivid color (and hope) back into their lives. Textual and visual echoes throughout lend a sense that it's meant to be, as does the subtle narrative of the rich family's little boy (who grows up to be crucial to the ship's renaissance). The last line of the book is a refrain of its first, as a whole new group of "very important people" sail in the sunshine. An excellent reminder of the value of friendship, home, and belonging -- especially when it seems all is lost. katie bircher

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 March #1)

In a tale written in three parts, Colombian illustrator Sanabria tells the story of a group of homeless people who find a wonderfully unexpected place to live. In the first section, he traces the downward slide of a once-majestic ocean liner that "sailed beside the sun." Ladies with bustles and parasols who walk the deck are replaced by cargo and fishing nets before the ship is abandoned, the palette fading from rich color to dreary browns. Next, Sanabria introduces a wealthy family whose fortunes change; they are forced into drearier neighborhoods until eventually being pushed to the harbor with other luckless residents, the colors fading page by page here, too. In the final section, the people climb rope ladders up to the deck of the ship and haul their furniture aboard. A man "who had loved the sea since he was a boy" helps them rebuild, and the ship sails again. The triumph isn't shown in the tone, which stays restrained, but in the colors, which reappear in confetti and flowers. Objects don't stay precious forever, Sanabria's story shows, but human lives do. Ages 4–8. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 May)

K-Gr 3—Three brief sections tell of the parallel flourishing, decline, and later revitalization of a family and a ship in this Swiss import by an Argentinian author/illustrator. After glamorous beginnings, the ship is abandoned at a port, and "luxury and excess [make] the family poor." Ultimately, the ship becomes the floating home of displaced peoples, including the family, and the vessel and family are restored to dignity and purpose. One or two sentences per spread tell the story in spare but rather stilted prose that may befuddle young readers. The tale offers neither a compelling story nor insight into poverty and inequality. Gloomy paintings of gray skies and people with bulging eyes and static postures convey a mood of ruin and despair throughout. VERDICT Managing to be both heavy-handed and opaque, this melancholy parable is not recommended.—Sarah Stone, San Francisco Public Library

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