Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Boats Will Float: A Picture Book Review

The range of picture books which Sleeping Bear Press publishes never ceases to amaze me. This rhyming book slips in information and illustrations about more than fifteen different boats in a book that a young reader might think is "a day in the life of a boat." 

Think quick. What image comes to mind when I say "boat?" Perhaps a fishing boat, rowboat, or sailboat. I guarantee that some of the boats that author Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum included in Boats Will Float may not be what you thought of. As you'll see below, the illustrations by Brett Curzon enhance this fun picture book. 


Starting on the first page the reader discovers a family waking up on a houseboat.

Next, the reader meets dragon boats,

and a speedboat pulling a grandmother.

Sunlight sizzles, hot and bright, 
Speedboat launches human kite  
Soaring up and sailing free, 
Crystal spray and aqua sea.

The author plays with onomatopoeia on several pages.

After portraying many different kinds of boats, the author returns to the beginning and shows the house boat's interior.

At the back of the book there is a two-page spread with information about each boat mentioned in the text. Have fun with your pre-schooler and find the boats that float throughout the pages of this colorful, informative book. 

Sorry, no giveaway this week. A new baby in my neighborhood will enjoy this with her family! But you know me--more giveaways to follow soon. Click here for a free activity page that readers can print out to go along with the book. 


Danielle H. said...

I enjoy the rhyming text and art in this book. thank you for posting sample spreads for me to study (I'm working on a manuscript currently).

Cathy Ogren said...

This book sounds delightful!

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Thanks for sharing this fun book!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks Connie, Cathy, and Danielle. Keep on writing and reading!

Jana Leah B said...

My nephew will enjoy this one.

Carol Baldwin said...

I hope so, Jana Leah!

Rosi said...

I got a review copy of this cute book. It will do really well, I'm sure Thanks for the post.

Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum said...

Thanks so much for the lovely review, Carol!

Carol Baldwin said...

YOu're very welcome, Andria!

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