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

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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

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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.

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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,024,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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SUMMARY:Jonathan loves his teddy bear, Frederick very much. They loved to go look at the large blue ship at the wharf. But one day, Jonathan finds out that his parents traded Frederick for a toaster. Frederick sets out alone on the big blue ship in search of Frederick. Along the way he meets animals who are happy to join him on his quest to find Frederick.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created with a mix of collage and acrylic paint. Although they are highly interesting, they are also very very busy which is distracting. At times the illustrations are quite muddy making them difficult to understand.

THE GOOD: This story is high in imagination. One would not expect a boy to sail away on his own to look for his lost teddy bear. The illustrations are complex and older readers may enjoy them.

THE NOT AS GOOD: I was quite upset by the beginning of the story where the parents trade Jonathan's most prized possession to get something for themselves. Then this very young boy sets out ALONE on a huge ship to search out his friend. I felt disturbed and sad that the boy is alone on the world. And although he collects new friends along the way, he never goes back home, but simply keeps on sailing. The conclusion of the story made sad rather than relieved.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Ages 4-8
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Jonathan held his teddy bear, Jonathan, aloft so he too could take a look at the Big Blue Boat that was anchored in the harbor. It was such a fun thing to do that they "would stay at the old wharf till sunset, looking up at its rusty blue hull." Jonathan and Frederick were great pals and they loved each other's company, but one day Jonathan's mother traded Frederick for a toaster. After all, a ratty old teddy bear is useless, but toasters are very handy and dandy. Jonathan, head down, walked past some old brownstones and went to see the Big Blue Boat all by his lonesome.

An old tugboat captain stared down and Jonathan, who was very sad and lonesome without Frederick. When asked, Jonathan told him the sad tale of his missing friend. Jonathan had an idea and before you know it he was on the Big Blue Boat in search of Frederick. Storms tossed the boat until it was high on top of a pointed island. Not all was lost because Jonathan met a mountain goat who would help him out of his predicament. Along with his new first mate, Jonathan soon set sail to find Frederick. They would soon meet a circus elephant, a whale, and even tussle with some pirates who threatened to take over the Big Blue Boat, but would they ever be able to find Frederick?

This dashing, daring, and slightly zany tale will entrance the young reader. Jonathan's imaginative adventure is definitely enhanced by the unusual mix of collage and acrylic. The collage contains snippets of maps, worldwide postage stamps, and ephemera. For example, one of the sails on the pirate ship is made up of two triangle stamps. A young student could have fun tracing where in the world the Big Blue Boat and its crew went in search of Frederick by taking a close look at the fabulous artwork.
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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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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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If you read this story with your adult brain, you will keep thinking, "Preposterous!" and "This is ridiculous!" BUT if you suspend your disbelief and try to aproach it with a childlike mind (the beautiful, whimsical illustrations help) the magic will happen. You can't help but love a boy who would go to the ends of the earth to find his lost friend. And oh! If only we lived in a world like this where anyone you meet might turn out to be a helpful friend (and where a pirate is startled by the sound of his own cannon, and quickly retreats.) You also have to love Jonathan for inviting each new character to join him. And at the end, when he meets the little girl who now has (and loves) his bear, he doesn't try to fight her, trick her, or snatch the bear; he invites both of them to join his crew. What a sweet book! To read my reviews of other children's books that I like, please visit [...]
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