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Boats Float!
Contributor(s): Lyon, George Ella, Lyon, Benn, Wiggins, Mick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 148140380X     ISBN-13: 9781481403801
Publisher: Atheneum
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: September 2015
Annotation: In rhyming text, the reader is introduced to all the different kinds of boats floating on rivers, lakes, oceans, and ponds.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Boats and boating; Juvenile fiction.
Stories in rhyme.
Stories in rhyme.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Transportation | Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2014034649
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Richard Jackson Book
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 12.00" H x 12.00" W x 0.25" (0.60 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
This companion to Trucks Roll! and Planes Fly! introduces children to tugboats, sailboats, canoes, steamboats, and more. The buoyant rhymes are factually informative--packed as they are with maritime terminology--and giddily unpredictable. Some lines play up poetic imagery; others are child-pleasingly jocular or mind-expanding. The digital, sun-bathed illustrations have the look of vintage European travel posters.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2015 #5)
This companion to Trucks Roll! (rev. 7/07) and Planes Fly! (rev. 9/13) introduces young children to a veritable fleet of sea vehicles: tugboats, sailboats, mail boats, canoes, steamboats, gondolas, bilibilis, and many more. Pitched to young children, the buoyant (get it?) rhymes are both factually informative—packed as they are with maritime terminology—and giddily unpredictable. Some lines play up poetic imagery, while others are child-pleasingly jocular ("A lookout's on the poop deck. / Controls are on the bridge. / The bathroom's called the head. / The galley holds the fridge") or mind-expanding ("When seaplanes land / they land on floats, / so on the water / seaplanes are boats"). The digital, sun-bathed illustrations, with the look of vintage European travel posters, aren't limited to the seaside: there's a city-park scene with remote-control boats on a pond, along with a bathtub scene, a ship-in-a-bottle scene, and one of a swimming pool—on a cruise ship, no less. One page goes concrete poetry–style, with the words carried along a snaking river's path: "Boats boats boats boats / float float float float." The authors' and illustrator's enthusiasm for their seaworthy subject matter spills over. elissa gershowit Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 June #4)

George Ella Lyon teams up with her son Benn in this follow-up to Planes Fly! (2013), once again working with Wiggins. From grand ocean liners to boats "so short that fore is almost aft," the Lyons highlight a wide variety of watercrafts while introducing nautical lingo ("A lookout's on the poop deck./ Controls are on the bridge./ The bathroom's called the head./ The galley holds the fridge"). Wiggins's majestic seascapes are postcard-perfect and dashed with hints of humor (a certain butcher, baker, and candlestick maker have a cameo), leaving readers with the sense that floatation is just as miraculous as flight. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 September)

PreS-Gr 2—For those who love the water and those who watch what floats, this poetically inspired look at vessels is the watery sequel to the author's Planes Fly! (S.& S., 2013). While colorful images present each type of boat, text extends the vocabulary well past boat parts (keel, hull, bow, stern, bilge, beam, fore, aft, sail, engine, paddle, oar, poop-deck, head, bridge, galley) to a global adventure of small and large crafts (gondola, skiff, bilibili, sampan, junk, coracle, dinghy). Each page presents a picture "from shore to shore" through digital images and rhyming text. Perspectives change along a river, through the water, under the waves, from the birds above to a cross-view of the galley below, with a soft texture in imitation of the aquatic surroundings. From the smallest toy boat to an ocean liner, this book has all vessel sizes covered, enough to convince readers to stretch out, float, and "be a boat." VERDICT A title both for the very young and those developing their interest in this topic.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

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