Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Sail Away

Sail Away

Fall 2000 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Author: Florence McNeil
Illustrator: David McPhail
ISBN: 1-55143-147-5
Hardcover Price: $15.95
An inspired collaboration finds David McPhail’s accomplished watercolors in perfect harmony with Florence McNeil’s no-nonsense text introducing nautical terms to young listeners. What will keep listener-viewers rapt is the clever context: a young pirate (perhaps age 5 or 6) in full costume in running a bath. With him are a straw basket of stuffed animals and a box containing a model pirate ship. We join this cast in a fantasy preparation of the vessel for launching and setting sail. We witness a myriad of sailors’ activities: swab the decks, polish the bright work, step the mast, vang the boom, etc. What’s more, we reach book’s end and thanks to the stuffed animals’ clearly pictured activities – and a help glossary—we could ably launch our own pirate ship. In a bathtub anyhow.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2000 Parents' Choice

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