Dream Boats

Dream Boats

3.69 (65 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.69 (65 ratings by Goodreads)

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Where do children go when they close their eyes to sleep?

They step onto their dreamboats and sail toward adventure.

From Maiqui in the Andes floating through the constellations, to Aljuu paddling along the shores of Haida Gwaii with Eagle, Orca and Black Bear, to Ivan sailing into St. Petersburg, then sneaking between the bony legs of Baba Yaga, stories and memories lead them on.

Dream Boats takes readers into the dreams of children around the world, dreams that are filled with family and legends, culture and love. Written in lyrical prose by Dan Bar-el with gorgeous art by Kirsti Anne Wakelin, this is a book to be treasured by generations of dreamers.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 44 pages
  • 279 x 216 x 10.16mm | 508g
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • English
  • 1 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1897476876
  • 9781897476871
  • 1,379,002

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Reviews for Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been? also by Dan Bar-el

""Unbeknownst to many Mother Goose readers, a number of classic rhymes continue way past their well-known opening stanzas ("Old Mother Hubbard" is a particularly fine example), but here, Bar-el creates his own extension of the initial London rendezvous in "Pussycat, Pussycat." Traveling onward to Paris and Australia and over the midnight seas, the pussycat adventures through imaginative Chagall-style acrylic paintings. "Pussycat, Pussycat, will you stay home? / I always get restless, I always will roam." Take that, lazy cats."" - New York Times

""A tour de force that is sure to become a classic."" - Quill and Quire, Starred Review

""Readers familiar with the original classic Mother Goose rhyme are in for a real treat with a wonderful revamping."" - CM Magazine

""Dan Bar-el has taken Pussycat from the traditional rhyme far beyond London and the Queen's chair in a delightful romp around the world. The rich language is embellished with the beautiful and equally rich illustrations by Rae Mate."" - Resource Links Review, Excellent Rating

""Dan Bar-el's creative extension of the Mother Goose rhyme is a lyrical journey perfectly accompanied by Rae Maté's dreamy paintings."" - Canadian Children's Book News

Reviews for Looking for Loons

""Kirsti Anne Wakelin's warm illustrations complement Lloyd's imagery, and her sketchbook like endpapers are a real treat." - Scholastic book review

""Luminous watercolors are an excellent match for the natural beauty of the tale's setting . . . a very attractive and well-designed book"" - Quill & Quire

""Looking for Loons perfectly distills the magic of an early autumn cottage porch, watching the world wake up. Silence disturbed only by lake animals, coolness in the air before the day's heat starts up, it's a wonderful hold-your-breath instant that seems to stretch while dew drips off the branches, and inside, bacon sizzles. Local artist Kirsti Anne Wakelin's exquisite watercolours span every shade of fall's palette, with delicate tableaux of stillness and possibility."" - Georgia Straight
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About Dan Bar-el

Dan Bar-el is a children's author, educator and storyteller. His work includes a series of satirical chapter books including Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?, Things Are Looking Grimm, Jill (winner of the 2008 Silver Birch Express award) as well as two funny picture books including Alphabetter (chosen by the BC government for the Ready, Set, Learn program - 50,000 copies sent to preschool children across the province) and Such a Prince (a 2009 Blue Spruce Honour Book). In the past, Dan trained and worked professionally as an actor, has written for theatre, as well as written and performed comedy across Canada. He has many years experience working with school age children and currently facilitates a unique storytelling program that he brings to preschools and daycares. Dan merrily travels around the country visiting schools and libraries, and when he's not doing that, he lives and thrives in Vancouver along with the most adorable kitten in the known universe. Learn dubious facts about him on the web at www.danbar-el.com.

Kirsti Anne Wakelin is a well-known freelance designer, writer and illustrator. She lives in Vancouver, BC.
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Rating details

3.69 out of 5 stars
- 65 ratings
5 25% (16)
4 37% (24)
3 25% (16)
2 11% (7)
1 3% (2)
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