Where Go the Boats?: Play-Poems of Robert Louis Stevenson

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Whether building a ship from chairs and pillows, making a city out of blocks, playing with toys on the bedspread, or sailing a toy boat down the river to an unknown destination, the delights of childhood - past and present - converge in Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless verse. Boldly illustrated by the inimitable Max Grover, Where Go the Boats? gives a fresh look to a quartet of classic poems - and brings their lively joy to a new generation of children.

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PreSchool-Grade 2-Grover brings his hip, contemporary style of illustration to four well-known poems by Robert Louis Stevenson. The artist treats readers to a lustrous display of bright, cheery acrylics that capture the poetic rhythm and activity of the verses. In "A Good Play," two boys make a sailboat on a set of stairs using sofa pillows and chairs and "go a-sailing on the billows." The pattern of green trees on a purple overstuffed chair is repeated in a young girl's vision of a mountain in her imaginary town by the sea in "Block City" and a green bedspread becomes green hills in "The Land of Counterpane." "Where Go the Boats?" depicts the journey of two toy boats launched in the country down a river that winds through a patchwork landscape and flows past a large city where urban children discover them. Throughout the book, the text is set off in brightly colored framed boxes that complement the luscious single- and double-page spreads. Celebrating imagination, Grover offers a rollicking, unsentimentalized vision of Stevenson's words and introduces today's youth to the poetry that has entertained children for generations.
Shawn Brommer, Southern Tier Library System, Painted Post, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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