Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat

Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat

Book - 2011
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When Jonathan's parents decide that he has gotten too old to have a stuffed animal, they trade his favorite bear, Frederick, for a toaster, so he sets off aboard a boat, looking for Frederick.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm
ISBN: 9781596435629
Branch Call Number: je Stea


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May 20, 2015

SUMMARY:Jonathan loves his teddy bear, Frederick very much. They loved to go look at the large blue ship at the wharf. But one day, Jonathan finds out that his parents traded Frederick for a toaster. Frederick sets out alone on the big blue ship in search of Frederick. Along the way he meets animals who are happy to join him on his quest to find Frederick.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created with a mix of collage and acrylic paint. Although they are highly interesting, they are also very very busy which is distracting. At times the illustrations are quite muddy making them difficult to understand.

THE GOOD: This story is high in imagination. One would not expect a boy to sail away on his own to look for his lost teddy bear. The illustrations are complex and older readers may enjoy them.

THE NOT AS GOOD: I was quite upset by the beginning of the story where the parents trade Jonathan's most prized possession to get something for themselves. Then this very young boy sets out ALONE on a huge ship to search out his friend. I felt disturbed and sad that the boy is alone on the world. And although he collects new friends along the way, he never goes back home, but simply keeps on sailing. The conclusion of the story made sad rather than relieved.


debwalker Jun 17, 2011

Discover: A poetic picture book that chronicles a determined boy's journey to find his teddy bear, taken from him too soon.

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