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Summary: A rowboat, searching for a home, is swept away in a storm and floats down a river. It washes up in a little cove where a little girl is visiting her grandparents. She adopts the little boat and spends many happy hours in it. Eventually, the little girl grows up and her kids come back to play with it. This is a picture book adventure.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 9
Age of Child: Read with 3½ and 4½ year old children.
Young Reader Reaction: They loved it. They paid close attention while I read, and they requested it again later. Then, the true test: they wanted to play little red boat! So we made boats out of shoe boxes and played it for several days.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked it. I thought the story should stop earlier, when the little girl adopts the boat. However, it does keep the kids’ attention, so I was happy with it overall.
Pros: It is set in Maine, and it was interesting to learn about life on a New England river.
Cons: The illustrations are not quite professional. They are interesting and colorful, but not quite as good as one would expect.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. We enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it so much that I want to spend money on it (over and above my late fee at the library, that is).