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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (January 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823425215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823425211
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 10.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jesse and his father hitch up the wagon and head into town to do some shopping at the general store. To Jesse’s surprise and delight, the R. Edwards Library and Bookstore boat is docked along the wharf. Jesse finds a book he wants, and, at his father’s suggestion, does odd jobs for the week to earn the money to pay for it. The following week, Jesse finds his book gone, but Mr. Edwards has another copy, a bit more worn, but cheaper for it. This simple story illuminates an overlooked facet of library history—floating libraries—while combining the honest values of an earlier era with a straightforward telling. Cotten’s clean language feels true to its time, matched by the direct composition of Lessac’s primitive-style paintings. An author’s note fills in some historical details about the Erie Canal and the boats that traveled along it, adding curricular opportunities to this earnest, old-fashioned tale. Grades K-3. --Thom Barthelmess

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Cynthia Cotten(Cotton) a children's author in Virginia writing fiction and poetry for young people.

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Back in the 1800s, book boats were a familiar sight along the Erie Canal, bringing the joy of reading to the inhabitants along the canal. Young Jesse is a bookworm who looks forward to the visits by the book boat so he can indulge his passion for reading. One day, as he browses through the offerings, he comes across a handsome edition of his favorite book, The Swiss Family Robinson. Unfortunately, he does not have enough money to purchase the book and resolves to work hard to save up for when the book boat visits next.

The old-fashioned illustrations bring this period vividly alive and I found this to be a charming story which appealed to the bibliophile in me. It was interesting to learn how people of that time, especially those who were not fortunate enough to live close by to a library, could gain access to books via the book boats. One could rent a book or buy it, and Jesse's story captivated me partly because I could relate to his experience. As a young child, I used to save up my allowance money in order to buy my favorite Nancy Drew books at the used book store, and reading about how hard Jesse worked to save up twenty cents to buy his favorite book just resonated with me. My eight-year-old daughter enjoyed reading this book too and expressed her wish that such book boats might still be around!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mommysarah713 on February 13, 2013
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This is a great book for our homeschooling family. My kids love this time period and this well illustrated book includes multiple domains of learning.
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