|And then came Hope|
Author: Savage, Stephen
When the ships of the harbor aren't feeling well, the hospital ship Hope comes to the rescue.
Kirkus Reviews (04/01/21)
School Library Journal (03/01/21)
Booklist (+) (04/15/21)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2021 PreS—The boats in the harbor are all feeling under the weather. One is hurt, another has a dripping nose and a cough, and another one has a fever. Is there a doctor in the harbor? There are, and nurses, too, on the good ship Hope, which responds to the others' SOS. Inspired by the true story of the first peacetime hospital ship, which included an operating room, an X-ray room, a pharmacy, a library, and dozens of doctors and nurses, Savage creates a perfect vehicle book for toddlers. The one- to three-line text, in an open design that includes a large black font, is positioned near the corners of the pages, allowing expressive spreads of simple retro boats to clue readers in. The scenes rely on a harmonious mixture of curved lines for the ocean, clouds, and seascapes, with softened geometrical shapes for the anthropomorphized boats. Children will delight in pointing at the characters and participating in the simple plot. VERDICT A great sell for story times with an "ouches" or "boo boo" theme, this title sends a message of kindness and tenderness for almost anyone feeling out of sorts.—Kathia Ibacache, Univ. of Colorado Boulder - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/15/2021 *Starred Review* Author-illustrator Savage (Supertruck, 2015), whose accolades include a Geisel Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award, here gives readers a compassionate heroine in the form of a hospital ship and a story that is sometimes comical, sometimes exciting, and most of all, comforting. The original Hope, as a note at the end of the book states, was an actual hospital ship (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere), commissioned by President Eisenhower in 1960 to help people around the world. Savage’s hospital ship looks like a nurse—facial features are drawn on the bow of the ship, and the rectangular superstructure on top, with the Red Cross symbol in the middle, looks like a nurse’s white cap. Hope comes to the aid of a shivering submarine, a feverish ferry, a coughing aircraft carrier, a little rowboat with a drippy nose, and a barge that gets bonked by a spool of wire that fell off a flatbed truck from the bridge above. The digital illustrations carry Savage’s trademark simple shapes that put the emphasis on the action. Little readers will be carried along by the bouncy rhythm, the expressive faces of the ships and boats, and the ingenious ways Hope finds to help others in need. Delightful and inspiring. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.