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 Old wood boat
 Author: McClure, Nikki

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 22 x 27 cm

 BTSB No: 620727 ISBN: 9781536216585
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Sailboats -- Fiction
 Families -- Fiction
 Repairing -- Fiction
 Sailing -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Dilapidated old wood boat's mast cracks and blackberry vines creep across her deck. But one day, a family tows her home. Scraped, scrubbed, sanded, and varnished, she is made beautiful and seaworthy again. After libations have been poured out, the family casts off, and old wood boat embarks on adventure once more.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.90
   Points: .5   Quiz: 517829

   School Library Journal (04/01/22)
   Booklist (05/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2022 K-Gr 3—This unusual story is told from the perspective of an old wooden boat that journeys from the boatyard of an elderly man to the open sea when freshly repaired. Readers meet Old Wood Boat covered in brambles and home to small creatures. When a family buys the boat, she is refurbished to her former glory and taken out to sea. Reminiscent of Virginia Lee Burton's The Little House, the ebb and flow of the narrative mirrors the rocking of a boat and the simple text clearly describes each development in the the boat's rebirth. Beautiful prose ("scraps from the past hidden in vines") capture the heart of the story. The stunning paper-cut illustrations stand out with their striking images and intricate details. McClure has written a gorgeous homage of sailing and the sea. Includes a glossary of sailing vocabulary and a two-page blueprint showing the boat's inner workings. VERDICT This book will fit well in all collections regardless of readers' proximity to the sea. Repeat readings will be demanded; children will want to take a closer look at the pictures.—Heidi Dechief - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 05/01/2022 This evocative picture book conveys the sights and sounds of sailing through descriptive text and detailed cut-paper illustrations. Told from the point of view of the boat, the narrative begins when the boat is already old. Having experienced many voyages, it now rests in a boatyard, almost forgotten. A family arrives, checks out the boat from top to bottom, and decides they want to bring her back to seaworthy life. After long hours scraping, scrubbing, repairing, and varnishing, the family loads her up with supplies and prepares to launch. Everyone waits anxiously to see if the old wood boat will float. She does, and when the wind fills the sails, the reader feels the family’s excitement and satisfaction. They take off, the boat remembering the wonderful feelings of protecting a family as they explore the water. The movement of the water, wind, and sails is captured in the flowing illustrations. Changing perspectives give the story visual drama, coming in close as they work on the boat, taking a wider view when they go out to sea. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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