Friday, September 16, 2011

Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat by Phillip C. Stead- ADVISABLE

Stead, Phillip C. Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat, 32 pgs.  Roaring Brook Press, 2011.  $16.99.  Inside Cover:  “When Jonathan loses his best friend, a stuffed bear named Frederick, he sets sail on a Big Blue Boat to find him.  Along the way he assembles a ragtag crew, including a mountain goat, a lonely circus elephant, and even a friendly whale.  Adventure and intrigue (and pirates!) follow.   Philip Stead’s whimsical illustrations, an unusual mix of detailed collage and acrylics, his gently droll text, and a supremely satisfying conclusion make this a picture book to treasure.” This is a great book that tugs at your heart strings when remembering the day when a child has to go through the sad phrase of giving up a cherished stuffed animal.  If you have children who love (or once loved) a favorite stuffed animal, this book is for you!  The illustrations are fantastic.  The story is touching and thought provoking.  Pre-K.  EL (K-3).  ADVISABLE.  Reviewer:  SL.   

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