By: Koji Ishikawa, 蒲蒲兰(translator)
Originally Published in: Japan
Language: Simplified Chinese
Pages per book: 28
Lines per page: 1-5
Audio book: read by Luka
小船的旅行 (xiǎo chuán de lǚ xíng) The Little Boat’s Journey
Illustrated in vibrant colors and simple shapes this new classic by Koji Ishikawa published in Japan in 2018 uses simple text to tell a story of friendship and persistence.
This is a little boat. Every day he transports people and goods for a little town. One day, a little boy asks the little boat to deliver a letter to a faraway friend. The boat has made a hundred trips but has never been as far as the destination for the little boy’s letter. He enjoys the breeze of the open ocean; he meets a friendly dolphin who wishes him well. He passes the whale, spike, and hogshead islands. He braves a storm and then sees the biggest rainbow he’s ever seen. As the sun starts to set, he wonders how far the big port is. As the evening comes, he decides he will rest, and the sound of the waves help him quickly drift into dreams. He greets the rising sun and is trailed then quickly passed by a very large boat. At some point later, he sees many many boats. The port! When he delivers the letter to the little girl, she says “Thank you, little boat!”
Is my child ready for this set?
"Read to me": Ages 2+ will enjoy having these books read to them either by Luka or a caregiver.
"Read by myself": The limited text per page and the prevalence of common language from daily life make it a good "bridge book" for readers. The involved plot and detailed illustrations will capture the interest of experienced readers, ages 4+.
Option to pair with Luka:
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