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A boy becomes cook aboard a fishing boat. You can find an online copy of this hard-to-find book here:
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published 1951 by Charles Scribner's Sons
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I must say that I have fallen in love with Marcia Brown while reading for my Caldecott Challenge, though this is not one of my favorite of her books, it was a cute story. Si and his dog George live by the sea, and Si’s best friend is Skipper John of the ship, the Liberty Belle. The crew of the ship refuse to leave port until John has gotten a new cook. They are sick of beans and that is all they ever eat while at sea. So Skipper John puts up an ad for a new cook, and they hire Si because his dog ...more
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A boy named Si (I don't know if it is pronounced "sea" or "sigh") becomes cook aboard a fishing boat, whose crew is tired of eating nothing but beans...

"beans in the morning
beans at noon
beans at night
and in between – BEANS!"

The crew is delighted not to be served beans anymore, but how long will their joy last?

A pleasant little story, with a dollop of adventure that little boys will appreciate, and little girls as
Feb 08, 2013 Paul rated it liked it
This is a good companion with Brown's Henry Fisherman. Young Si and his dog George join a fishing boat crew as their cook and off they go. Brown's use of light brush strokes (along with several other techniques) to added a little color and texture to each page makes this an easy book to look at. While the story isn't outstanding or closing with a clever ending, I think it would hold the attention of young listeners or readers if they're not demanding a sophisticated and action-packed narrative. ...more
1952 Caldecott Honor

Ink lines and maybe crayon or paint in red, yellow, and blue.

This is a fun story about Si and his dog George. Due to Si's friendship with Skipper John, Si comes aboard a fishing boat as a cook. The men are tired of beans for every meal, so Si uses his skills to make them... fish and beans at every meal! At first they're satisfied, but by the end of the voyage, Skipper John is looking for another cook.
Jun 22, 2012 Lorna rated it liked it
1952 Caldecott Honor

Favorite line: "So everyday on the Liberty Bell it was
beans in the morning,
beans at noon,
beans at night,
and in between-beans!"

Favorite illustration: The boy's mother wishing him off at the dock.

Kid-appeal today: I liked that this had a nice balance of text/white space/illustrations. It felt like a storybook you could still share today, without the readers or audience getting restless.
Apr 22, 2012 Timothy rated it really liked it
A fun story about a little boy who becomes the cook on a ship, but all he knows how to make is fish! Brown is able to do a lot with a limited color pallet. The artwork is good, not great; however I really like the facial expressions of the disgruntled sailors at the beginning of the book.
Jun 13, 2013 Brindi rated it liked it
1952 Caldecott Honor

I remember reading this book when I was a little girl, and I thought the illustrations were wonderful. They still are!
Aug 09, 2012 Lafcadio rated it it was ok
I was hoping for something different from the ending. Growth, maybe?
Jul 27, 2012 Mary rated it liked it
Not much of a plot here, but overall enjoyable.
Jan 23, 2014 Mckinley rated it liked it
Shelves: picture, caldecott, food, sea
Fun; great ending too.
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Marcia Brown has won the Caldecott Medal three times, the only person to do so until David Wiesner in 2007. She is also the winner of the 1977 Regina Medal, a six-time recipent of the Caldecott Honor, and the winner of the 1992 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for her lifetime body of work in children's literature.

Brown continued to paint in her studio in California, focusing on Chinese art instead of c
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