Old Wood Boat

Old Wood Boat
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Release Date
May 10, 2022
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Raise the sails and follow the wind across the green sea in this captivating marriage of lyrical prose and intricate illustrations from a renowned West Coast artist.

Old wood boat remembers the wind. Dilapidated and parted from the sea, she remembers and waits as her mast cracks and blackberry vines creep across her deck. But one day, a family tows her home. Scraped, scrubbed, sanded, and varnished, she is made beautiful and seaworthy again. After libations have been poured out, the family casts off, and old wood boat embarks on adventure once more.

In this love letter to sailing, heralded artist Nikki McClure tells the story of a restored boat in timeless and reverent prose that perfectly accompanies her stunning cut-paper illustrations. At once delicate and bold, each page is masterful, rendered from a single sheet of black paper with precision and care that is sure to enthrall readers from coast to coast.

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OLD WOOD BOAT is a lyrical and elegant story of restoration and breathing new life into something old. The boat is sitting and waiting when the story starts, remembering the sea but not ready to sail. Then, a family finds her and they buy her, taking her home and restoring her. Once they have finished repairing, they nervously lower her into the water and find that she floats! They set sail on new adventures, taking the boat on a magical journey.

What I loved: The writing here is lyric and poetic, celebrating the magic of the sea and setting sail on a new adventure. It conveys the beauty of the journey from old to restored and the whimsy of a nautical expedition. The story seems simple, but the writing manages to capture all the emotions and majesty of it all. It flows off the tongue smoothly and is a great choice for reading aloud, ending with a message of continued hope and joy, making it a book that could work well for bedtime.

The unique artistic style adds to the poetic feel of the story, and choice colors enhance the experience throughout. The perspective of the boat is unique and brings objects that we love to life in a new way.

Final verdict: OLD WOOD BOAT is a lyrical and magical story of restoration and nautical adventure that will enchant young readers and their caregivers alike.
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