A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
What's the story?
Is it any good?
Parents whose kids love planes and trains and things that go will welcome this excellent factual picture book. Kids will especially love the tiny details about daily life. From the wave-warped hallways to the claustrophobic living quarters, the book manages to accurately convey how these dedicated sailors at sea for months at a time experienced their jobs without ever being boring.
The prose is simple, clear, and understated, supported by detailed illustrations that let kids peek at details on the boat including its machinery, the wheel, and even their laundry hung out to dry on deck. A dramatic picture of the tiny, shining boat warning an awesome ocean liner is sure to give kids a satisfactory thrill.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it's like to live on the ocean. What would it be like not to see land for a long, long time? Would it be lonely? Would the sailors ever get on each other's nerves living in such close quarters? Parents and kids could even build a pretend ship and imagine being sailors themselves.