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THE BOATS ON THE RIVER

Author: Marjorie Flack

Illustrator: Jay Hyde Barnum

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Publisher: The Vicking Press, 1946, reissued in 1991

Material: hard cover

Summary: Follow along with the boats of all shapes, sizes and functions that traverse the city on the river by the sea. The boats are busy day and night, sunny days and foggy ones, too. This is a story for learning about boats.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Reading Level: 2.7

Age of Child: Started reading with child 2½ years old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He picked this one from the shelf at the library…and loved it. We read this one two or three times a day for the whole time we had it! S/He loved picking out the boats and making their various whistle sounds.

Adult Reader Reaction: The cadence and illustrations seemed a little dated to us, but our toddler enjoyed it, and that's what counts. The book reads more like a series of vignettes than a cohesive story.

Pros: You can skip a page or two and not lose any of the story elements.

Cons: If your toddler loves boars or likes the book, you'll be reading it a lot.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This one is quaint, but not one of the must-haves for your personal library. If you're reading it a lot, you're going to want it to disappear.

If You Liked This Book, Try: I TOOK THE MOON FOR A WALK   JUMP, FROG, JUMP!  

Educational Themes: You and your child will learn about every type of boat from sailboat to warship to cruise liner and what they do.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, boats

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2004

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