A boy, a boat, a rainy day, and a beautiful book. This wordless story is so skillfully illustrated in neutrals grays and darks with a bold punch of slicker yellow and bit of pink and blue on a paper boat. Share this with your little on on a rainy day and let your imagination float away.
Look at the pictures together and let your child tell the story. Wordless books help kids understand the sequence of a story (beginning, middle and end). The ability to tell stories--even before they can read--helps with reading comprehension. But really, all that's just a bonus. The best reason to choose this book is because it so beautifully captures simple, innocent, childhood fun. I nominate this picture book for most emotions conveyed in one hug. Pick up this book and see for yourself.
SUMMARY: In this WORDLESS book: A boy's father helps him to make a boat out of newspaper. The boy goes outside to enjoy the day with his boat. A sudden downpour allows for even more fun. The boy plays in the large puddles. Unfortunately, there was quite a bit of rain and the boat gets away from him and falls down a storm drain. The boy chases after the boat. When he finally catches up to it, it is a ruined mess. He goes home sad. His dad hugs him and takes care of him, making him feel better. Then together, they make a new newspaper creation and the boy's adventures begin anew.
ILLUSTRATIONS: The extra star I give this book is for the illustrations. They are created digitally and are primarily in black, white, gray, and yellow. But the author/illustrator has an incredible way of showing action and emotion through his simple details that are incredible. He uses color sparingly, but to excellent effect.
REVIEW: I loved this book first for the illustrations. But I also enjoyed the emotion of it. First, the boy's excitement of his adventure. Then, the sadness of a ruined adventure. Next, the love and care his father shows him and the way his father makes him feel better. Finally, the exhilaration and hope of a new adventure. All of this was done without words! I just about felt like weeping when the father was taking care of his sad son. Any book that can say so much without words is worth five stars!
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Ages 3-7
the best in visual imagery - let your child tell the story
Cute book with no text. The pictures tells the story. So this is a great book for any language.
A silent rainy day can't stop this little boy from having fun. Wrapped up in his rain coat, the unnamed child steps out to play with the paper boat he made. He splashes and dashes through the puddles, and eventually puts his boat down to set sail. Much to the boy's dismay, the flow carries it away, but comfort awaits him at home. Gloomy greys hardly dampen out spirits, for whether against a dark sky, or within a downpour, the boy's cheerful yellow coat shines through. In fact, it is the contrast between colours, and the day and the boy's actions which gives this book its spirit of fun. For a little bit of extra fun, the endpapers contain instructions on how to make a paper boat and airplane. While it is short, it is very nostalgic, and the images are truly beautiful.
No words are needed in this minimal yet vivid picture book. After making a newspaper boat with his dad, a little boy puts on his yellow raincoat and runs outside to play. The boy's puddle-jumping joy is infectious…as is his sadness when the boat is washed away. Back at home, though, he finds a hug, dry clothes, and a new paper craft to try. Kids may be inspired by this young maker's creative play (as well as by the folding instructions included on the book's inside covers).
Picture books newsletter July 2015
Beautiful wordless book about a child who makes a paper boat.
After sharing this wordless gem about a rainy day, you'll want to make your own paper boat! Luckily, instructions are included.
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