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Who Sank the Boat?

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A cow, a pig, a donkey, a sheep and a tiny mouse go for a row, but one of them sinks the boat. Children will love finding out who is the heaviest.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 16th 1996 by Puffin Books (first published 1982)
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Jan 26, 2015 Garrett rated it really liked it
"Who Sank thee Boat?" by Pamela Allen is a creative children's book that relates the tale of a cow, a horse, a pig, a sheep, and a mouse and their simple journey of getting into a rowboat. However, as the title indicates, something goes wrong, and the boat sinks. The enjoyment of reading mainly comes from seeing the story unfold as first the cow, then the horse and the rest of the animals precariously perch on the small craft. Obviously, as the mouse mounts, the ship sinks. Full of fun illustrat ...more
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First published in 1982.
32 pages
Pamela Allen is both author and illustrator.

"Who Sank the Boat" won the Gaelyn Gordon Award in 2001, an annual award for a work of fiction by a living author, that is still in print, and is "generally recongnised as a successful, enduring children's book". Pamela Allen herself received the Margaret Mahy Award in 2004 as "a person who has made a significant contribution to the broad field of children's literatu
Vicki Purbrick
Apr 11, 2016 Vicki Purbrick rated it really liked it
Shelves: listofbetterment
I enjoyed this book, which is a simple story about five friends who want to take a trip on the boat, but as the title of the book suggests, it sinks. But, the question is which one of the five done this? I would imagine an immediate answer given by children would be the mouse, as he is the smallest and the lightest.

The overall book appearance is a joy of colour, will illustrations that appears to have been done using water colour. This is quite a humorous book to see so many large animals all t
Sally Todd
May 01, 2012 Sally Todd rated it it was amazing
Who sank the boat, is one of my personal all-time favourite children’s book. The book tells the story of a cow, a donkey, a sheep, a pig and tiny little mouse who decide to go for a row in the bay. The end question being, who sank the boat? This book is illustrated beautifully throughout the story and allows children to make predictions on who they believe sank the boat. The book also uses poetry which I found to really engage the children and this gives the book a unique edge. I would highly re ...more
Elise Edwards
Apr 29, 2015 Elise Edwards rated it it was amazing
"Who Sank the Boat" is the tale of a cow, a donkey, a sheep, a pig, and a tiny little mouse. This abnormal group of friends decide they want to go enjoy the day by going for a ride in their sail boat. There is one problem with their ride- their boat sinks! Each page of the book presents the story of one of the animals and how they might have sank the boat, but each page leaves the reader wondering who really sank the boat. The one who sinks the boat is the least likely of them all.

The full page
Danielle Bartelmay
Nov 15, 2015 Danielle Bartelmay rated it liked it
Shelves: math
This is a story of a group of animals that try to fit on a boat together. The animals enter the boat one at a time, but eventually it sinks. The book sets up opportunities to predict who will be the cause of the boat sinking. I think this book does a good job of introducing math concepts such as weight. The book helps the reader predict how much weight is too much for the boat. It does not go into specifics on what each animal weighs, but introduces the concept that there is a point where there ...more
Josie B.
Oct 02, 2015 Josie B. rated it it was amazing
Reading books that rhyme helps build phonological awareness, the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words. Children love the suspense of this book as they try to anticipate which animal sank the boat. After reading it, I like to retell it with the parachute and beanie babies. Don't have a beanie baby cow? Use whatever stuffed animal you have which most closely resembles a cow. You don't have a parachute? Use a sheet. Remember when reading leads to play children are more motivate ...more
Jul 04, 2013 Rafiq rated it really liked it
This is a good book which i enjoyed reading to a year 1 class, it is simple and funny. It is about a group of friends,a cow,a donkey,a sheep,a pig and a mouse. They decide to go to the river and take a ride in a boat. One by one they all get in to this unsteady boat and as they get in the boat sinks lower and lower in to the river. The boat is full and ready to sink. The mouse is the last one in line to get in, he dives in and the boat sinks. The issue here is who sank the boat.

The children had
Rosa Cline
Sep 14, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
This book helps teach children to look at items and guess at 'will they fit on the boat' and 'who sank the boat'..... several friends from large donkey and oxen to a small mouse want to get into a row boat. But someone sinks the boat. and throughout the story the child has to wonder 'who sank the boat'. Several phrases are repetitive throughout the story so a beginning reader could read parts of it on their own other parts they would need help with.
Checked this out on the advice of my Busy Toddler, Happy Mom book. I thought it was okay. It uses rhyme and asks the reader to predict who will sink the boat, which I think could help a child be interested in the story. I suppose it could be used to introduce the concept of weight and balance, sinking and floating to a young child. My particular child (2yo) somewhat liked it. She has a thing for mice right now.
Molly Toomey
A bunch of animal friends decide to enjoy a little trip in a boat on a lovely day. As each animal gets in, the boat tips and totters, causing the reader to ask "Who will tip the boat?" Students will have great fun guessing what will happen before the story even starts, then learning who really caused the boat to sink. The illustrations are wonderful and add to the humor of the story.
Nov 01, 2013 Nil rated it it was amazing
The book ‘Who sank the boat’ was written by Pamela Allen in 1996. It is about a group of friends, the cow, the donkey, the sheep, the pig and the mouse, who all decide to go for a ride on a boat one sunny morning. They all get on the boat one by one, one of which sinking the boat. At the end of the story, you will find out who sank the boat as you will be in for a surprise.
This book is extremely engaging and fun as it allows children to predict on who they believe will sink the boat. It is an a
Jun 24, 2008 Connie rated it really liked it
I bought this book for my nieces. They've asked me to read it about twice a week since then - and we have so many books, that's quite significant!

What I loved about it, more than the fact that the kid can really see how *everybody* sank the boat (very clearly illustrated), is the fact that it clearly presents a common narrative form - the most unlikely person is the one who sinks the boat.

The first time I read it, I paused to ask the older niece if she knew who sank the boat (the question is rep
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Five animals want to row around the bay. As they get in one by one, the boat sinks lower and lower into the water. Fun story with questions and answers as well as counting. Readers can also add in animals sounds or signs.

2016 storytime theme: sink or float / boats

Reviewed from a library copy.
Danielle Messer
This book has funny pictures with the illustrations of the animal’s faces in the book. It has a donkey, sheep, pig, cow, and a mouse. They all decide to get in the boat, but the book repetitively asks do you know who sank the boat? It would have the students guessing who sank it.
Apr 14, 2014 Somerandom rated it really liked it
Awww! I used to love this book when I was like 5 lol
Play School hosts would often read the book as I watched, listening intently.
A story about a boat, some animals and solving the mystery of just who sank the boat.
A classic that will live on for many generations.
Nik McGrath
Sep 16, 2014 Nik McGrath rated it it was amazing
I can almost recite this off by heart, it was a true favourite of mine growing up, and I had fun rereading this for YA lit at uni. Pamela Allen is a true master creating wonderful stories for children. I hope to be reading this to my own children one day.
Kathryn Sublett
Apr 19, 2012 Kathryn Sublett rated it it was amazing
Pushes students to start predicting measurements from the beginning of the book. Students are actively modifying previous predictions and generating new ones as the story is read. This book would be suitable for kindergarten through fifth. Students in kindergarten could compare the animals in the book by putting them order them based on weight after the read aloud. This book could be used as an introduction for a "Stay Afloat" lesson, using a balance scale and base ten cubes to measure objects i ...more
Angela Hutchinson
This book is about a cow, a pig, a donkey, a sheep and a mouse going for a boat ride. As each animals enters the boat the story asks if that specific animal sank the boat. Students will enjoy predicting who sank the boat in this silly book.
Elizabeth Houchen
I really enjoyed this book because of the illustrations. The book tells the story of a cow, a donkey, a sheep, a pig and tiny little mouse who decide to go for a row in the bay. The end question being, who sank the boat? All of the bigger animals get into the boat and almost tip the boat. It was funny because at the end, the tiny mouse is who sinks the boat.
Julia Jarlbäck
Aug 23, 2015 Julia Jarlbäck rated it it was amazing
I have a vivid memory of me reading this book alone, drinking strawberry milk. When I'm done, I ask my mother to read it with me. I feel comfortable, secure, as I knew; everything is alright.
Aug 02, 2014 June rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: boat requests
Recommended to June by: DCPL
One of my favorites to use for a boat story time. The questions make it quite participatory. I used this at both PJ and Preschool Story Times.
Miss Sarah
a cute story about animals getting in a boat and the reader being asked to figure out who sunk the boat.
Jan 07, 2015 Alicia rated it really liked it
My 4 year olds enjoyed being actively involved in predicting the outcome of this simple, yet fun book.
Bronwyn Bennett
Nov 21, 2015 Bronwyn Bennett rated it really liked it
it was really good how they introduce each and every character before they got in the boat
Who Sank the Boat is so enjoyable for young readers! I read this book to a group of preschoolers and they really enjoyed it! Once I read the title and talked about the cover with them they immediately started making their guesses on who sank the boat. Screaming and shouting out in excitement who they thought sank the boat. Before I even opened the book the students enthusiasm ensured me that I had gained their attention. As each animal piled into boat the children anticipated who would sink the ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Gen rated it really liked it
A kids classic. A group of animals go out for a row but someone sinks the boat.
Kettlestitch Press
May 18, 2014 Kettlestitch Press rated it really liked it
Allen's theme of water displacement reached new heights with this perpetual favourite.
Mar 06, 2015 Hanna rated it really liked it
beautiful pictures and very cute
my daughter absolutely loves this book.
Jul 09, 2014 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Great story. Reminds me of Jan Brett's The Mitten.
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Pamela Allen, born in April 1934, in Devonport, New Zealand[1] is a children's writer and illustrator. She has published over 30 picture books since 1980, when she moved to Australia. Eight of her books have been adapted for the stage by The Patch Theatre Company and performed at the Sydney Opera House. Pamela currently lives in Auckland.

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