THE SHIP BOOK by Michael Berenstain


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Not much more than a historical version of the Little Golden catalogs of boats, trucks, or whatever, this starts--as water travel ""may well have""--with a simple floating log, later hollowed out to become a canoe; then Berenstain takes brief and passing notice of Egyptian reed boats and primitive sailing ships, Greek and Roman galleys, dragon-prowed Viking longships, Columbus' ""small and frail"" craft, the galleons of the Spanish Armada, and--""not of the same quality as those built in the West""--the sturdy Arab dhow and Chinese junk. Old Ironsides gets somewhat closer attention with a double-page cutaway and a few operational details, and there are also descriptions of 19th-century whalers and the great China clippers, soon to be eclipsed by steamships. This, too, is easily eclipsed by any number of more lavish sailing ship volumes--and remember, the appeal of the Golden books is their bargain price. Berenstain's loosely hatched black-and-white drawings give the impression of overcast skies and frequently, rough weather.

Pub Date: June 2nd, 1978
Publisher: McKay