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Who Sank the Boat? (Paperstar) Paperback – April 16, 1996


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  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
  • Series: Paperstar
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reissue edition (April 16, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069811373X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698113732
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 8.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was glad to see that it is still in print.
D. Blankenship
A reading aloud book, definitely, as some of the words are hard for beginning readers, while the story-line is suitable for younger readers.
saliero
The story is simple, quirky and charmingly told, and the illustrations are fantastic and funny.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "hurburgh" on February 27, 2001
Format: School & Library Binding
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This book has the simplest of plots but it is very charmingly told.
Imagine a pig carrying an umbrella, a sheep doing knitting, and a cow and a donkey and a mouse, all walking along on their back legs in single file.
What else is there to do on a fine sunny morning but to go for a row in the boat?
But there is one big question. "Who sank the boat?"
We are told the outcome right up front, but who was the culprit? The tension and suspense is fantastic as each creature in turn gets aboard. The donkey is a smart critter since he knew how to balance the weight of the cow. The sheep was just as smart since he got on the opposite side to the pig. We are now very low in the water now, but still afloat.
The smallest and the lightest of the friends now gets on board. Glug, glug, glug - Time to swim. "You DO know who sank the boat" - don't you?
This is a classic children's story, beautifully illustrated.
For the thoughtful child it is a good introduction to some interesting physical phenomena. The straw that broke the camel's back is an overworked (and unpleasant) metaphor. Our mouse friend is a good analogy to that one snowflake that triggered the avalanche.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By saliero on May 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
Lovely illustrations, and a good text, which has some good rhymes. A reading aloud book, definitely, as some of the words are hard for beginning readers, while the story-line is suitable for younger readers. As for science, it is worthwhile building up the picture that everyone sitting in the boat contributes to its sinking. Eventually, the cry goes up that "Everyone did!" in reponse to the question "Who sank the boat?"
Pamela Allen also wrote "Mr Archimedes Bath" which is a terrific exploration of water displacement.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
This one has been around for at least twenty years or more. I was glad to see that it is still in print. This is a simple story of a cow, donkey, sheep, pig and mouse who live by the sea. One day the decide to take a boat ride. The boat is rather small and it does not take much to imagine what will eventually happen. The fun part, with the children, is asking "who sunk the boat?" As each animal gets into the boat, things get worse and worse. This is a good one to talk to the children about and with. The story is simple, the illustrations quite good. Recommend this one highly.

D. Blankenship
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is great for getting kids to think about what makes things float or sink, as well as how things balance. The surprise ending is a lot of fun, although getting kids to understand why it happens usually involves going back through the whole series of pictures. This could be a good early science book or just a good read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ulyyf on February 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my nieces. They've asked me to read it about twice a week since then - and we have so many books, that's quite significant!

What I loved about it, more than the fact that the kid can really see how *everybody* sank the boat (very clearly illustrated), is the fact that it clearly presents a common narrative form - the most unlikely person is the one who sinks the boat.

The first time I read it, I paused to ask the older niece if she knew who sank the boat (the question is repeated several times throughout the book), and she answered it correctly, without even thinking - of *course* it's the teeny tiny mouse who sank the boat! Who else would it be?

To me, that's more important at the age of four than understanding about buoyancy, or understanding the idea of the last straw.
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By Maureen Jahn on July 11, 2014
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Great book!
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By Kathleen on June 27, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was a really fun book to use during our "Sink or Swim" science unit. It made the kids think about what causes objects to sink in a fun way. When we used our water table to do a hands on version of this the kids were more engaged.
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By Virginia R. Bell on January 20, 2014
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My boys grew to LOVE this book 25 years ago...and now the next generation is learning to love it as well.
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