FERRY TAIL by Katharine Kenah

FERRY TAIL

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Age Range: 4 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

An energetic, joyful dog finds his true home and family onboard a large ferryboat that conveys cars and people to an island community.

Walter is a large, reddish dog with a white nose and tail, possibly part Irish setter. He freely roams the ferryboat on its daily trip, bringing the newspaper to the gray-bearded captain, listening to the sound of the engine with the ship’s female engineer and tasting the bacon for the male cook. Walter gets along with everyone except the captain’s spoiled cat, Cupcake, who tries to take over Walter’s duties aboard ship. When Walter leaves the ship and tries life on the island, he finds he isn’t welcomed there by anyone, and life on land is strange and unsatisfying for a canine used to life onboard. Cupcake the cat shows up to retrieve the lost dog, and they return to the ferryboat together as friends in a satisfying conclusion. Although the plot is predictable, the text conveys genuine emotion in Walter’s classic search for his true home. A large trim size and appealing illustrations in a variety of formats bring Walter’s antics and the island community to life.

Though a dog on the loose on a ferryboat is truly a fairy tale, Walter’s story is a tale well-told. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: March 15th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-58536-829-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2014




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