Peter Mandel Boats On The River

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Boats On The River

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Tugboats, showboats, coal barges, submarines, and more!

On the river there are long, low boats.
This one carries coal.
On the pond there are round row boats.
This one has two oars.

There are slow boats on the lake, towboats in the harbor, and show boats in the bay. "And in the bathtub there are bubble-blow boats. This one is your boat."

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Reviewed with Peter Mandel's Planes at the Airport.

PreS. Busy and bright, these larger-than-average board books whir with vehicles in motion. Spare, rhyming words introduce each plane or boat, but the language is sometimes perplexing. Instead of using common names such as helicopter or submarine, Mandel uses phrases that describe what each vehicle does--"whirly-bird plane" and "go-below boats." The final spread in each book falls particularly flat, ending with a confusing reference: "This one is your [boat or plane]," accompanied by a picture of a toy children probably won't own. The illustrations more than make up for the over-reaching language, though. Using vivid, solid colors and simple geometric shapes reminiscent of Byron Barton's style, Miller creates exciting scenes of boats, planes, and passengers in action, while the uncluttered spreads and easily definable shapes invite counting practice for chubby-handed preschoolers. Pair these with Tana Hoban's Construction Zone (1997) for the Tonka Truck crowd. Gillian Engberg
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PreS–Spare phrases combined with bold graphic illustrations will entice busy toddlers. Mandel uses adjectives to describe the vehicles instead of their proper names. For example, submarines are "go-below boats," helicopters are "whirly-bird planes," and sailboats are "circle-slow boats." The final spread in both titles incorporates a child's world by depicting boats floating in the bathtub and youngsters playing with toy planes in an open field. Miller's clear, flat artwork combined with a singsong text suitable for reading aloud make these titles entertaining choices for transportation enthusiasts.–Olga R. Kuharets, Broward County Libraries, Fort Lauderdale, FL
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