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My Ocean Liner: Across the North Atlantic on the Great Ship Normandie Hardcover – December 1, 2000

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Part travelogue, part nostalgic ramble through the heyday of great ocean liners, this story shoehorns a fair amount of information into a simple chapter book about a five-day trip across the Atlantic. It's April 1939, and nine-year-old Paul and his parents set off from Manhattan to France and England aboard the Normandie, the queen of the famous French Line. From the family's well-appointed cabin (the Deauville suite, complete with a baby grand piano) to the elegant dining room and the pampering by their steward and stewardess, readers will know that this is a voyage in grand style. Mandel (Say Hey!) inserts a mild mystery subplot involving a missing boyAthe hunt for whom allows Paul a chance to tour areas normally off-limits to passengers, such as the bridge and the engine room. While this device helps propel the story, it also points up its main flaw: nothing much happens. However, MacDonald's (Scarecrowell) carefully researched watercolors (at least one per spread) provide charming period window dressing, and the narrative offers an appealing glimpse of a bygone shipboard life. Ages 7-12. (Oct.)
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"MacDonald's carefully researched watercolors provide charming period window dressing, and the narrative offers appealing glimpses of bygone shipboard life." -- Publishers Weekly, October 2000

"The real interest here is the ship herself and pampered life aboard her, from mammoth engine room to luxurious suites." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, March 2001

"The real interest here is the ship herself and pampered life aboard her, from mammoth engine room to luxurious suites." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, March 2001

"The text and illustrations turned out beautifully." -- John Maxtone-Graham
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Stemmer House Publishers; 1 edition (December 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880451491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880451499
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,570,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. J. Puerini on September 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
After taking my first Caribbean cruise this past year, my interest in ocean liners peaked. In my "web surfing" I came across this striking book cover with the title "My Ocean Liner". After discovering it was a tale of a child's adventure on the Normandie, I thought it would be a perfect book for my 2 children.
We were not disappointed. My younger child was enthralled when I read it to her the first time. My older child has read and re-read the story many times and will read it on request to his younger sister! Both can't wait to take their first cruise. It seemed to have much more impact than our photographs.
The story is fun and exciting. The illustrations are amazing. I love the one of the massive engine room and also the huge colorful dining room. You get a clear feel for how amazing this enormous ship must have been. Ms. MacDonald must be an accomplished artist.
All in all, my children, wife and I give it a unanimous 5 Stars!!!
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The best children's books always seem to have adventure at their core, and this charming illustrated story brings to life the wonder and excitement of a small boy who sails the Atlantic on a classic ocean liner. Both kids and parents alike will find themselves happily at sea aboard the Normandie--probably the most magnificent ship ever built--and absorbed in a nautical mystery that deepens as the ship braves wind, waves and storms and nears safe harbor along the coast of France. An extra bonus is the book's introduction to easy French words and seafarin' facts of all sorts. A must for those who like boats, and a good story too!
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By A Customer on March 15, 2001
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Not only does this children's book allow the reader's imagination to delve into a realistic journey aboard the incredible Normandie, but what children's book is complete without magnificent illustrationns! MacDonald's depictions of times aboard the ship are filled with color and life. My children are not yet able to read it on their own, but they love to turn the pages and look at the many beautifully done illustrations that could tell the story on their own. Don't pass this one up!
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This book is just an appetizer. Written mainly for pre-adolescents, it is a great way to stimulate more in-depth interest in this elegant ocean liner. The sorts of details I was looking for just weren't there.
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