Boats on the Bay

by Jeanne Walker Harvey (Author) Grady McFerrin (Illustrator)

Boats on the Bay
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
A KidLitTV recommended book! A large-format picture book about a bunch of boats found on a busy bay, buoyed by simple, spare, and lyrical text. Inspired by the San Francisco Bay but with universal appeal, the book features a spectacular double-spread gatefold finale showing a boat parade and fireworks glowing against a city backdrop.

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Publishers Weekly

Warm, affectionate portraits by debut illustrator McFerrin, of boats and ships in the waters off San Francisco, bring the life of the sea right up close. Fluid, expressive lines in blues, browns, and reds trace the vessels' contours, the rigging of tall ships and fishing boats, even the distinctive architecture of the houses that overlook the water. Straightforward text by Harvey (Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines) sails from verse ("Boats on the bay get ready for the day") to ordinary prose ("A ferry carries passengers") to internal rhyme ("A tugboat lugs big ships"). Each spread features a different sort of vessel and its characteristics: "A fireboat fans water high and wide." The action reaches a high point as two adult men and a boy on a long, flat boat put on a display--"A barge sets off fiery fireworks"--and a gatefold reveals spectacular fireworks exploding above San Francisco, its bridges, and other architectural landmarks standing out against the evening sky. It's a celebration of place and a catalogue of the kinds of vessels dear to the hearts of boat enthusiasts young and old. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)

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Review quotes

"A well-designed book with a simple, approachable text."—Kirkus Reviews
Jeanne Walker Harvey

Jeanne Walker Harvey studied literature and psychology at Stanford University and has had many jobs, ranging from being a roller coaster ride operator to an attorney and, most recently a middle school teacher of Language Arts and writing workshops. She is the author of several books for young readers, including My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey. She lives in California.

Dow Phumiruk is a general pediatrician with a passion for art. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three girls. When she is not teaching medical students or drawing, she can be found hiking on the trails near her home. Maya Lin is her picture book debut.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
September 20, 2018

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