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My Father's Boat Paperback – June 1, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

"In this poignant tale, a Vietnamese-American boy heads out into the Gulf of Mexico on his father's shrimp boat and hears his father tell stories of his own father, and of the war that separated them," wrote PW. "Garland's skillful, simply worded descriptions are ably matched by Rand's sometimes impressionistic seascapes and realistic portraits." Ages 5-8.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4AA young boy and his father arrive at the dock before dawn to board their shrimp boat and head out to sea. During the day, the man reflects on his boyhood in Vietnam where his father is a fisherman. He promises the child that he will someday take him to meet his grandfather and the three of them will fish together in the South China Sea. The strong bond between father and son is gently revealed as they share their thoughts and hard work. The text flows effortlessly. The spectacular double-page watercolor and acrylic spreads are filled with the colors and moods of the ocean, from the fog-bound pier to the dazzling sunrise on the open water, to the daylight-filled scenes on the boat. Each page is a rich and varied feast for the eyes from vast horizons to close-up moments. Dolphins, jellyfish, gulls, and pelicans dance across the pages. As the boy describes his day, his cultural heritage is brought to life through words and pictures. Like Garland's The Lotus Seed (Harcourt, 1993), this is a thoughtful and loving family story.ACarol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590478680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590478687
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 10 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,614,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sherry Garland is the award-winning author of thirty books for children, teenagers and adults. Several of her books focus on the Vietnamese culture due to her close friendships with Vietnamese families. As a fifth generation Texan, she also sets many of her books in the Lone Star State. She especially likes to write historical works. For more information, visit her website:

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I Love my Cats on May 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Vietnamese culture is explored in this book about a family of three generations of fishermen. A man takes his son on his first shrimp fishing run. The son begins to follow in his father's footsteps. While out on the boat, the son finds out that his grandfather was also a fisherman as well. But, due to the Civil Wars in Vietnam both the father and the grandfather were separated. And the boy's father hasn't seen his own father since he was his son's age. This makes the son wonder if his grandfather passed the trade onto his own father in the same way. This book is beautifully illustrated with soft muted colors on rag stock. I recommend this book for any school or public library.
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