T IS FOR TUGBOAT by Shoshanna Kirk


Navigating the Seas from A to Z
Age Range: 6 - 8
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Along the lines of A Is For Astronaut (2006) and C Is For Caboose (2007), this nautical alphabet offers two to four relevant terms starting with each letter, from “Anchor” to “Zulu” (“A Scottish fishing boat”). Along with one-line definitions, the words are accompanied by illustrations that range from simple outline drawings to period prints or old photos. O, for instance, features a red “Ocean liner” steaming across the gray, wood-grain textured background, a black-and-white photograph of a bearded “Old Salt” framed in an oval of rope and a graphically slick color image of speedboats powered by “Outboard motors.” Though slang, official terms, sayings, expressions and ship-types are jumbled together, a spread of sailors’ knots for “K” and a closing cutaway of a generic sailing vessel, critical parts labeled, are highlights, and young would-be tars looking for a quick browse should be drawn in. (Informational picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8118-6094-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Chronicle
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2008