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Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat Hardcover – June 7, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596435623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596435629
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The text has a gentle, meandering flavor with a repeated cumulative refrain…. The illustrations are striking…” --BCCB

 

"Children will happily shift their focus from big to little, from large shapes to tiny numbers, from Jonathan’s story to the pieces that make up its pictures." –Starred, Kirkus Reviews

“Stead (A Sick Day for Amos McGee) uses squiggly ink lines and washes of warm color against a background of collaged newsprint, charts, and stamps that underscore the nautical theme and distance traveled . . . . a lovely, gentle adventure for younger readers.” –Starred, Publishers Weekly

“Stead combines playful compositions and his hero's serious intent in a winning combination. What at first seems almost whimsical, upon closer inspection reveals careful planning in each illustration.” –Shelf Awareness

“Stead skillfully employs color to reflect Jonathan’s mood: an initial bright sky when the boy and Frederick are together, growing darkness as he sets off alone, and a final scene in which an orange-bright “globe” sun beams its rays on the reunited travelers. A gentle tale heralding imagination’s triumph over disappointment.” –School Library Journal

About the Author

Philip C. Stead is the author of the Caldecott Medal winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee, also named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2010 and a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2010, illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead (A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, 2010).  Philip, also an artist, both wrote and illustrated his debut Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast (Roaring Brook Press, 2009), which was applauded by School Library Journal for “its wry humor and illustrations worthy of a Roald Dahl creation.”  Philip lives with Erin in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

More About the Author

Philip C. Stead divides his time between Ann Arbor, Michigan, and New York City. Philip is the author and illustrator of Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast, and the author of A Sick Day for Amos McGee.

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Our entire family enjoyed this story.
Don Mys
If you read this story with your adult brain, you will keep thinking, "Preposterous!" and "This is ridiculous!"
Carol Jones
Both the story line and the illustrations are wonderful!
Miss B

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Rank on August 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I already have a soft spot in my heart for Amos McGee but found this book at the library before I even realized it was the same author. The illustrations and imagination in the book are fantastic. Stead is able to transport you into the thoughts of a young child as they go through the sad phase of giving up a cherished stuffed animal. Anyone who can relate to a having a stuffed animal that they loved enough to take with them everywhere will love this story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss B on November 6, 2011
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Both the story line and the illustrations are wonderful! Congratulations to Philip Stead for another great book! Every classroom and every home should have a copy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Catherine W. Hughes on August 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When Jonathan leaves his stuffed teddy bear, Frederick, behind, he sails on a Big Blue Boat. He finds a mountain goat and a circus elephant, as well as a whale to sail on and take port; only to find that his stuffed teddy bear, Frederick, is still his closest friend. This lovely picture book with painterly illustrations is a nice tale about transitional objects, best for children ages 3-6.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Jonathan's parents trade his teddy bear for a toaster, so Jonathan must set off on a journey alone on a Big Blue Boat to find Frederick. Along the way, he befriends a mountain goat, a circus elephant, and a whale.

A slyly humorous story.

"'Hello,' said Jonathan to a mountain goat. `I'm looking for a bear named Frederick.'

The goat was startled. He had never met a sea captain before.

`I've never met a bear before,' said the goat, `but someday I would like to.'

Jonathan looked up. `I could use a first mate,' he offered, `but my boat is stuck.'

The goat wagged his chin thoughtfully. He wedged his powerful horns beneath the boat's hull. The great shipped teetered like a seesaw and then...

`Anchors aweigh!'"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gargan on September 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am so delighted with this book. The images are lovely, compelling, and beautifully rendered. The story is sweet and encouraging. It's perfect.
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