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Old Wood Boat



written and illustrated by
Nikki McClure

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9781536216585
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
None
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JLG Category

Primary Plus

Raise the sails and follow the wind across the green sea in this captivating marriage of lyrical prose and intricate illustrations from a renowned West Coast artist.

Old wood boat remembers the wind. Dilapidated and parted from the sea, she remembers and waits as her 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.

In this love letter to sailing, heralded artist Nikki McClure tells the story of a restored boat in timeless and reverent prose that perfectly accompanies her stunning cut-paper illustrations. At once delicate and bold, each page is masterful, rendered from a single sheet of black paper with precision and care that is sure to enthrall readers from coast to coast.

“How to Talk Like a Sailor” glossary. Author’s note. Full-color illustrations were created from cut black paper with color added digitally.

 

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None

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

48

Trim Size

8 2/5" x 10 3/5"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2022

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Boats and boating. Repairing and restoration. Families. Sailing trips. Adventure and adventurers.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

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

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

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

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