Monday, May 28, 2012

Heroes of the Surf by Elisa Carbone and Nancy Carpenter -OPTIONAL

Carbone, Elisa and Carpenter, Nancy Heroes of the Surf 40 pgs, Viking Juvenile, 2012. $10.97.  (Rating: G)
Based on a true story of a steamship crash, this picture book shows what two boys on the ship might have experienced. The boys are enjoying the journey, until the boat hits a storm. The lifeboats are lost and the ship has lost its engine. Will the Heroes of the Surf be able to save them?
This story illustrates the early history of the United States Coast Guard, while providing the early reader with a good example of simple historical fiction. The art style was a bit dated for my taste.  I think this book would function best as a tie-in, such as having a guest speaker from the Coast Guard, for those schools near coastlines.
EL -OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate & Author.

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