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My father's boat
Garland, Sherry.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm
A Vietnamese-American boy spends a day with his father on his shrimp boat, listening as he describes how his own father fishes on the South China Sea.
Reading Level:
AD 910 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 114960.

Reading Counts RC K-2 5.9 2 Quiz: 16560 Guided reading level: O.
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A young boy spends a day with his father on his shrimp boat, listening as his father describes how his own father fished on the South China Sea.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

"In this poignant tale, a Vietnamese-American boy heads out into the Gulf of Mexico on his father's shrimp boat and hears his father tell stories of his own father, and of the war that separated them," wrote PW. "Garland's skillful, simply worded descriptions are ably matched by Rand's sometimes impressionistic seascapes and realistic portraits." Ages 5-8. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4ÄA young boy and his father arrive at the dock before dawn to board their shrimp boat and head out to sea. During the day, the man reflects on his boyhood in Vietnam where his father is a fisherman. He promises the child that he will someday take him to meet his grandfather and the three of them will fish together in the South China Sea. The strong bond between father and son is gently revealed as they share their thoughts and hard work. The text flows effortlessly. The spectacular double-page watercolor and acrylic spreads are filled with the colors and moods of the ocean, from the fog-bound pier to the dazzling sunrise on the open water, to the daylight-filled scenes on the boat. Each page is a rich and varied feast for the eyes from vast horizons to close-up moments. Dolphins, jellyfish, gulls, and pelicans dance across the pages. As the boy describes his day, his cultural heritage is brought to life through words and pictures. Like Garland's The Lotus Seed (Harcourt, 1993), this is a thoughtful and loving family story.ÄCarol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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