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The Magic Boat

by Kit Pearson & Katherine Farris, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

tagged: imagination & play, environment, friendship
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list price: $19.95
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published: Mar 2019
ISBN:9781459814325
publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Description

Every summer morning, Ellie and her Nonna go to the beach. They swim and build sandcastles, and while Nonna reads, Ellie watches the other children play. One day Ellie builds up the courage to approach an older girl playing on her own in a beached rowboat. Piper has a gift, an imagination so great that she whisks Ellie off on grand adventures, going high in the air, deep below the ocean and everywhere in between in their little blue boat, their magic boat. When Piper has to leave, Ellie discovers she has her own vivid imagination.

About the Authors
Kit Pearson was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up there and in Vancouver, British Columbia. After attending the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia, Kit worked for ten years as a children's librarian in Ontario and BC. She became inspired to write for children after attending Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature. Her books have been published in several different countries and have won many awards, including the Governor General's Award and the BC Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with partner Katherine Farris and their two dogs, Piper and Brio. For more information, visit kitpearson.com.
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Katherine Farris was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and after university moved to Toronto, Ontario, where she worked at Toronto Life Magazine, Greey de Pencier Books and OWL Magazine, researching and editing a wide variety of projects, from rail guides to western and eastern Canada for Greey de Pencier to kids' question-and-answer books for OWL. During that time she began painting, and now, living in Victoria, British Columbia, her focus is primarily on art and playing the alto sax.
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Gabrielle Grimard transformed her love of design into a career in illustration over the course of her studies at Concordia University and the University of Quebec. In 2018, Gabrielle’s picture book Stolen Words won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award and was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Book Award. Not My Girl was a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Her creativity has been applied to children’s publishing, advertising, and educational contexts.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
3 to 5
Grade:
p to k
Awards
  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Books
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
  • Short-listed, Victoria Book Prize Society Children's Book Prize
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets—Honorable Mention
Editorial Reviews

“A beautiful voyage into the imagination…Schools and homes with pre-school children will find this to be a favorite read.”

— Must Read Literature: K thru YA

“The message of reaching out past one’s shyness works well.”

— Kiss the Book blog

"Can be used by parents and grandparents, teachers and caregivers to plant the idea in the minds of shy children that they can venture forth in life, because life is an adventure. Recommended"

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“This heartwarming tale encapsulates the childlike happiness of being at the beach.”

— Eight Cousins Bookshop

"Sensitive and imaginative...Grimard’s bright and exuberant illustrations give life to Pearson and Farris’s gentle text."

— The Globe and Mail

"Pearson and Farris' prose moves seamlessly from the easy unhurriedness of summer play to the weightier awe of discovery. Grimard keeps visual pace with warm watercolors and pencil-sketched shading and lines that feel light but never fluffy, capturing the dynamic fluidity between real and pretend…Infectiously delightful."

— Kirkus Reviews

The Magic Boat is a beautiful book with a special story…Grimard’s illustrations are full of colour and summer sunshine, which perfectly complement this beachy and magical story.”

— Resource Links

“Pearson and Farris’s text is engaging, moving us seamlessly between reality and imagination…Grimard’s pencil and watercolour illustrations are lovely.”

— Canadian Children's Booknews

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