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Ferryboat ride!
Rockwell, Anne F.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Crown, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A little girl notices all the sights, smells, and sounds along the way when her family takes a ferryboat to their summer island.
Reading Level:
550 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 59431.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.7 2 Quiz: 29556 Guided reading level: J.
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Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Clarence Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Eden Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lackawanna Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Lancaster Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Marilla Free Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Seasonal
Williamsville Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Audubon Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Ocean ferries, harbor ferries, river ferries, lake ferries--even children who don't live near one often experience them while on vacation.  As she did with air travel in I Fly, Anne Rockwell shows children what to expect when going on a ferry for the first time.  In simple, straightforward language, a young girl describes her ferryboat ride as she travels to her summer island home.  Cars and trucks rattle onto the boat, a forklift brings heavy cartons aboard, and the girl explains the various parts of the ferry.  As the engine below deck starts to rumble and throb, the captain blows his whistle and steers the ferry carefully out of the harbor.  Once underway, the girl watches the water, feeds the gulls, and peers through the fog as the foghorn blasts, waiting for a glimpse of the island. Full-color illustrations by Maggie Smith (This Is Your Garden) are filled with fun and informative details.  By the time the ferry pulls up to the island pier, readers will long to find a ferry of their own to ride.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. Rockwell adopts a young narrator's voice to describe a ferryboat's journey from the mainland to a "summer island." Defining a handful of nautical terms, including bow and stern, port and starboard, the child joins crowds of shoppers and campers on board, climbs to a good vantage point, and keeping a sharp lookout for a whale (because you never know), watches as the lighthouse and a lobster boat slide by, listens to the horns as the ferry passes through a band of fog, then waves at anglers on the stone jetty as the boat docks and the passengers disembark. In Smith's simple, brightly lit paintings, the ferry moves grandly over a wide, calm stretch of water, barely leaving a wake; and the cheery child, clothed in stripes and a bright blue hat, is always clearly visible. The ride's sights and sounds are ably evoked in this commemoration of a seasonal passage that will be familiar to some children, exotic to many more. --John Peters

Publisher's Weekly Review

Rockwell and Smith take youngsters on a breezy yet exhilarating anticipatory ride aboard a ferry transporting a girl and her family to their "summer island." The girl's voice sounds natural even when offering definitions ("Bow is what you call the front of the boat. Stern is what you call the back"), and she incorporates the terms, for instance, as she describes small sailboats to starboard when the Julianna B. leaves the harbor. Rockwell (Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me? ) calls on all the senses: seagulls are "squealing and mewing alongside the ferry"; "Sea spray drips from the rail"; and upon arrival, the island air smells "part like the sea and part like gardens that grow on land." Rockwell manages to portray a girl proud of her knowledge of her summer retreat but eminently approachable ("Boats are always called `she'ÄI don't know why"). Smith's (This Is Your Garden) perky, color-filled illustrations are just as tactile as the text and portray a chipper crew of passengers. Readers will want to set sail themselves after experiencing this ferryboat ride. Ages 5-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2A little girl describes her familys annual ferryboat ride to their summer island from the hustle and bustle of loading cars, passengers, and freight at the mainland dock to the holiday atmosphere when they arrive at their destination. During the voyage, she watches the sailboats in the harbor, experiences the chilly fog and sound of foghorns out on the ocean, sees a passing lobster boat, feeds the seagulls, and hopes for a glimpse of a whale. Finally, she catches her first look at the island as it comes closer and closer. The bright watercolor illustrations do an excellent job of extending the text with many interesting details, including the pets, picnic baskets, and toys carried onto the Julianna B. and the ways in which the travelers amuse themselves during the trip. The attractive layout alternates between two-page spreads and illustrations placed in round medallions surrounded by white space, as if the scenes were being glimpsed through a porthole, telescope, or the center of the life preserver that frames the ferryboat on the books cover. Some of the paintings, like the opening view of the wide expanse of ocean between mainland and island, give readers a long-distance view, while others zoom in on the passengers. A seaworthy purchase for all picture-book collections.Ginny Gustin, Santa Monica Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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