I Want a Boat!

Neal Porter//. Jun. 2021. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823447152.
PreS-Gr 1–A little red-haired girl wants a boat, but all she has is a box. Enter her imagination. The box quickly becomes a boat on the wild sea, on which she sails with her crew of stuffed animals. Each page has one to two very simple sentences, repeating the phrase from the previous one. “I have the sea. I want a map. I have a map. I want a crew.” Watercolor, acrylic, and digital illustrations are vividly colored and absolutely adorable. Scenes with the girl in her “boat” are centered on the page, and with each page turn, a new item is added to the fun. Little ones will connect with and be inspired by the girl’s passion for adventure as she sails on the wild, rollicking sea. The ending lends itself to imaginative free play.
VERDICT A fun purchase for maker spaces, toddler story time, and classroom play.

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