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THE RED BOAT by Hannah Cumming

THE RED BOAT

By Hannah Cumming (Author) , Hannah Cumming (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-84643-493-8
Publisher: Child's Play

A "magic" boat offers a lonely girl a whole new world...of imagination.

Little Posy, whose unruly mane of red hair is nearly as large as her body, is apprehensive about the big new house her family has just moved to. The people next door seem strange, and her new bedroom is too dark at night; she only has her faithful yellow dog George to keep her company. And what will her new school be like? In the backyard, Posy and George find a red rowboat under some bushes, and they play in it all afternoon. That night, Posy can't sleep and sneaks into the backyard with George to play in the boat again. This time, they float all the way to the South Pole, where they meet some polar bears. On subsequent nights, they play hide-and-seek on the moon and visit a large plain that's home to an amazing variety of friendly animals. Posy's nighttime adventures and George’s moral support give her courage, and she boldly greets her new neighbors and makes many friends at school, with no problem. Cumming's illustrations affectionately capture a child’s-eye view of the immensity and wonder of the world and have many funny touches. Her text is crisp and direct, an ideal complement.

A deftly delivered lesson on facing life's little challenges. (Picture book. 3-6)