|I want a boat!|
Author: Scanlon, Elizabeth Garton
A girl uses her imagination to turn an ordinary box into a sailboat.
Kirkus Reviews (05/01/21)
School Library Journal (12/24/21)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 12/01/2021 Scanlon has written a wonderful read-aloud picture book for imaginative and adventurous readers. It begins with a young girl who has a box and a big idea. The story escalates in action as the child systematically adds elements to her box, turning it into a boat to take on an adventure. Short sentences (two per page) carry the story, following the same pattern of “I have . . . ,” “I want . . .” Thus, her box becomes a boat that requires a rudder, a sail, the sea, a map, and so on until she encounters a scary storm that almost blows her crew away. Happily, she returns safely to shore, where she enjoys her supper, gets ready for bed, and dreams about the next adventure in her box. The story’s flow and repetition teach very young readers basic sequencing—What will happen next? What does the character need?—and the candy-colored illustrations support each pair of sentences. From artwork to text, everything is big and clear to see, making this a nice choice for group or one-on-one reading. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/24/2021 PreS-Gr 1—A little red-haired girl wants a boat, but all she has is a box. Enter her imagination. The box quickly becomes a boat on the wild sea, on which she sails with her crew of stuffed animals. Each page has one to two very simple sentences, repeating the phrase from the previous one. "I have the sea. I want a map. I have a map. I want a crew." Watercolor, acrylic, and digital illustrations are vividly colored and absolutely adorable. Scenes with the girl in her "boat" are centered on the page, and with each page turn, a new item is added to the fun. Little ones will connect with and be inspired by the girl's passion for adventure as she sails on the wild, rollicking sea. The ending lends itself to imaginative free play. VERDICT A fun purchase for maker spaces, toddler story time, and classroom play.—Tracy Cronce, Stevens Point Pub. Sch. District, WI - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.