Overview The sound of the sea, the crashing of the waves, the wind in the sails, and the purring of the motors capture the many joyful sounds heard during a day of sailing, in this colorfully illustrated picture book. Reprint.
It's a perfect day for sailing. Motor under the bridge, putt . . . putt . . . putt past the lighthouse, put up the sails, and whoosh But watch out for a change in the weather. Seas will swell and waves will crash before you sail back home.
Citations And Professional Reviews Sail Away by Donald Crews has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1268
Publishers Weekly - 04/17/2000 page 82
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 585
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 847
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Studio: Greenwillow Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 10" Height: 8" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date May 3, 2000
ISBN 0688175171 ISBN13 9780688175177 UPC 046594005953
Availability 0 units.
More About Donald Crews
Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.
Donald Crews es el renombrado autor de dos libros merecedores del premio Caldecott, Tren de carga (Freight Train) y School Bus. Vive con su esposa, Ann Jonas, cerca del Rio Hudson, en Nueva York.
Donald Crews currently resides in Brooklyn, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sail Away?
Batten Them Hatches! Jun 20, 2005
Donald Crew's "Sail Away" was a favorite of our toddler. It's awash with the colors and textures of the sea, and uses minimal but effective text.
As a family of four set out on "a perfect day for sailing," they "row the dinghy out to our sailboat" among soft blues and greens and foggy mists lying over the still bay. Crew's New England seascape includes a wooden bridge (drawn from below), a lighthouse on a hill, and a WHOOSH! of wind as they ride the waves. The varied font sizes and colors (there also a gigantic "SAIL AWAY."), make this simple story of a day on the water an exciting and engaging one. Later, the "clear skies turn cloudy and gray." Soon, the waves are high and peaked, the clouds much greyer, and Cruise adds yet more drama with a big-fonted "Angry seas," and the shouted command "Shorten sails!"
As the boat heads home, the storm abates, night begins to fall, and the lighthouse illuminates the bay. In a particularly beautiful picture, the sailboat floats under the silhouetted bridge, decorated with tiny white lights over its suspension wires. The family makes it safely and calmly back, and in a green, quiet sea, we view the now empty, now tranquil boat, "moored!"
I'm not sure how many kids will know the meaning of "moored," but this is a nearly perfect book for toddlers and younger: A simple but exciting story, with colorful illustrations, and a soft and comforting conclusion. Very well done!
Sail Away with this wonderful book Jun 5, 2001
My 3 year old son loves this book. He often goes sailing with his Uncle in Sydney Harbour. This book helps him recall those special times with his Uncle. He adds to the story with his own memories. We have checked this book out from the library twice, and I now think that it is something that we need to buy.
Needs more Story Jan 26, 2000
The illustrations tell an emotional story of sailing, but the text is a little thin to hold the interest of a young child. The style of story-telling utilizing visual effect to create all the drama misses the opportunity to build an engrossing tale around the art. It took about 10 minutes with my 6 yr od son to "finish" this book.