Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat
By Michelle Hong,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Exceptional art, sensitive story reunite a boy and his bear.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Tugboats and big blue boats are introduced as vessels of the sea.
Jonathan shows that new friends and adventures can be found, even while missing an old friend. He is helped by many different animals, who join his crew as he searches for his beloved bear.
Positive Role Models
Jonathan perseveres to find his favorite stuffed animal Frederick. His loyalty to his bear shows a level of friendship that is admirable.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jonathan's parents trade his beloved stuffed animal Frederick for a toaster. The book deals sensitively with the feelings of loss.
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What's the Story?
Jonathan sets off in a big blue boat to find his stuffed bear. Along the way in his high seas adventures, he encounters new experiences and collects a crew of animals to help him in his search.
Is It Any Good?
This strikingly illustrated book -- a clever mix of watercolor and collage --does a remarkable job of dealing with Jonathan's feeling of sadness and loss. Jonathan demonstrates an open heart in inviting new friends on his journey.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about missing old friends and making new ones. Do you remember any friends you don't see any more? Do you miss them? Have you made new friends lately that make you happy?
Boats have different purposes on the sea. What did the tugboat do for the big blue boat? Why is the big blue boat better for traveling all over the world? What other boats have special jobs?
- Author: Philip C. Stead
- Genre: Transportation
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
- Publication date: February 1, 2011
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 8
- Number of pages: 32
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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