October 14, 2018


Boats on the Bay by Jeanne Walker Harvey and Grady McFerrin might be the most beautiful book I've ever seen about boats. Seriously, like ever.

Readers are introduced to a wealth of boats as we surf a busy bay, taking in everything from kayaks to ferries to dredgers. As we learn about boats, though, we also learn about sea life, fishing, tides, and even a little geography. This book isn't simply about boats, but about how they act as connection points for so many things: we get our food from boats, people travel to work on boats, and, of course, they are super fun for recreational use. Boats are everywhere and given the amount of water on the planet, they're also necessary! 

The text in the book is straightforward and easy to follow, but it's the illustrations that really carry the weight and make it so impressive. A mixture of what looks like prints, inks, watercolors, paper collate, and more, McFerrin's illustrations preserve texture and highlight color to allow readers ample opportunity learn about everything on the page: we have time to study the boat itself, but we also have space to study what's around the boat and how the boat fits into a larger picture. Sure, we see someone kayaking, but in addition to identifying the boat, there are animals galore to refer to and talk about on the page. A wonderful book for anyone seeking a quiet and informative read! 

Boats on the Bay published from Cameron Books in September! And here's a peek underneath the dust jacket!

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