Sail Away

Donald Crews, Author, Donald Crews, Illustrator
Donald Crews, Author, Donald Crews, Illustrator Greenwillow Books $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-688-11053-6
Reviewed on: 04/17/1995
Release date: 04/01/1995
Library Binding - 1 pages - 978-0-688-11054-3
Paperback - 40 pages - 978-0-688-17517-7
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-18719-0
Prebound-Glued - 40 pages - 978-0-613-28309-0
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In the tradition of Truck and Freight Train, Crews spirits young readers away in an interesting vehicle, this time for a day of sailing. The power in the air and water are palpable as a family rows the dinghy out to board their sailboat and embark on an exciting trip. But when ``clear skies turn cloudy and gray'' and the seas become angry, the crew faces some scary moments. Crews's short phrases and multi-sized typefaces work in tandem to convey a true feeling of motion. In one particularly striking spread, for example, the word ``Whoosh!'' appears in giant letters as the sails are raised; the letters gradually bleach from a nautical blue ``W'' to a brilliant white ``H.'' Sunny blues and greens and lots of crisp white make up an appropriate seafaring palette. Even landlubbers won't be able to resist this invigorating outing. Ages 2-up. (Apr.)
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