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All the color and action of liners, tankers, tugs, barges, ferryboats, and fireboats in a harbor are presented in this exciting visual adventure. "Harbor is a picture book, and a great one at that. Every library will want it."--School Library Journal
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 23rd 1987 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1982)
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Not much of a story with this one, like many of Donald Crews books, but a gem of a book. My library is in Anacortes, Washington, a beautiful town surrounded by water and boats. I'll be adding this to the collection even though it's an older title.
Jo Oehrlein
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Reminds me of a Richard Scarry book, but not quite as much activity on each page.

It shows a busy harbor, with a few words per page.

There are silhouettes of the various boats/ships/tugs on the last page. That would make a fun "can you find" game with little ones.
May 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
A very interesting book for those interested in the various types of ships that frequent a harbor, as well as some of the structures integral to one. One interesting aspect of this picture book for children is the dedication by the author/illustrator, Donald Crews, to the women in his life. He proceeds to honor them by using their names as the names of the ships that populate the book's pages. It ends with an easy-to-read graphic labeling the various types of vessels that are in the book.

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Ashley Stone
This story is just all about different types of boats and equipment you would see in an ocean harbor. It has plenty of pictures on each page to aid it in describing each one. I would use this one with a toddler for the pictures. I’m not sure a toddler would care about the names of the boats; they just know that maybe they like to play with boats.
May 23, 2009 rated it liked it
I still think that Freight Train is his best work. And I really wish that instead of "train shapes" at the back of the book, it was pictures. It's really hard to tell the differences between the different kinds of boats.
Mandy E
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-babes
The babes love most Donald Crews books, especially Truck, which they ask for nearly every night (all other nights being taken up by repeat readings of Freight Train), but found this book about boats only mildly interesting.
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really great vocabulary words!
Sep 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: toddlers
Shelves: younger-kids
The pictures are quite nice. The text is very simple and just average.
Katie Fitzgerald
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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