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Slaughter has the ability to create wonderfully imagined and designed books some with flaps, some without (see Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? and the many books he’s illustrated with Marthe Jocelyn) and this book is no exception. The
digital illustrations have a retro nautical style and color palate (UPDATE: I have been informed that the illustrations are actually hand cut from paper. I was astounded because the shapes are so crisp and the layouts so precise. My apologizes for this error.). Collage
elements and large, flat block print-like shapes create a bright and colorful
environment. The text is simple and
follows a quickly established pattern.
Pair this book with Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising!, Little Boat, or Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat. Try rhymes and songs like, Row,Row, Row Your Boat, Here is the Sea, and Michael Row Your Boat Ashore.
The large and easily identifiable shapes used in the illustrations make this a wonderful addition to a shape themed storytime. As you read the book, ask kids to find squares, circles, and triangles in the illustrations. Follow up by creating colleges of boats with precut paper shapes. Check out this boat craft that introduces the idea of halves to kids from DKTK.