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Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising!

(Things that Go!)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Tugboats! Yachts! Sailboats! Air carriers! Canoes! Fishing boats! Barges! Ferries! Ocean liners! Cruise ships! and many other boats move across the pages of this book. Jump aboard and have a good time!

Patricia Hubbell introduces the fifth installment to her popular series featuring "things that go!" Sean Addy and Megan Halsey portray a variety of boats using vibrant clip
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Two Lions
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The artwork is nice; the rhyming doesn't always work and the text is awkward at times. It covers a large range of boats, though it lacks in information about them. My class of one and two year olds enjoys the pictures.
Sarah Hardin
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
My brother picked this book out for me from the library. It was your typical children's book and I can't wait to read more of the books he's finding. I'm glad that he is finally interested in books!
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really like the art style and the diagrams in this. Logistically, for a read-aloud scenario I'm a bit iffy, but I'd like to try this for storytime.
Ian McHugh
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
A book about lots of different kinds of boats - who knew there were so many?!

Florence’s favourite is the liner because the girls that meet the boat are in grass skirts.
Rebecca Gomez
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The rhythm opinion this book feels a little choppy, but it's a fun read with lost of interesting pictures, complete with labels!
Austin Gullett
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Kids love boats. What's there to say? I would point out that a lot of the words in this are probably over the heads of pre-school readers and maybe even some kindergarten readers. I would give this to children who have had more experience reading independently.
Amy Forrester
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just as the title proclaims, this rhyming book is chock full of boats. Sail boats, trawlers, ferries, battleships, tugboats, and more navigate through the pages of this playful book.

The illustrations were created in mixed media using painterly techniques as well as vintage clip art, hand-drawn images, and old papers. The result is images that are simultaneously retro in feel and quirky in nature. Sharks rent catamarans, fish dance on showboats, and rhinos steer barges.

The main text is filled
Sarah Sammis
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I am a sucker for a well illustrated picture book. Seriously, I think I embarrass my children sometimes as I will gleefully check out picture books just for myself. Add in my fascination with all things marine and Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising! by Patricia Hubbell was irresistible.

The book is like a Richard Scarry word book but done in a style reminiscent of the old tourism posters. The illustrations are built from clip art, etchings and drawings. The drawings would look great framed.

Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Thought about buying it, but I've been going crazy with buying books of late. There was a fun rhyme and really nice pictures. It was also educational. I don't know if my son liked it as much as I did, but he enjoyed it enough to want it read a few times in a week's time (the time we had it from the library). One page was "Boats for families and their pets/ Trawlers with enormous nets" And then there was a page with the boats in the navy, and different sailing terms. I am not a boat ...more
Sara Bland
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
This is a fun, informational book about all different types of boats. This would be a great book to read to students who are learning about various types of transportation, the ocean/river/lakes, or just about boats. The illustrations are wonderful and very enticing. The style of writing is very fun with big words, and small words, sideways words, and curved words. There are even a few pages that you have to turn the book sideways, which gives the book a whole different perspective. The reader ...more
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was not that engaging, and that was largely because of the illustrations. The coloring is off and very dark and heavy. There are also a lot of garish over-sized animals popping up to steer ships, etc. But then some illustrations are a bit more realistic. However, the text is also pretty minimal and uninformative. The book is really a jumbled hodge-podge that doesn't really make it in our household as either an educational book or an entertaining one.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Aug 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, picturebook
Neat retro-ish pictures with a catchy rhyming text that is fun and contains some information about boats- although mostly just the names of types that could be fun for a kid interested in transportation or the lack of information could be frustrating along with the rather sophisticated nature of the pictures.
Drew Graham
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
There are many clip-art boats and they do their respective thing and that's what they do.

This one didn't resonate much with me for whatever reason. I guess boats don't seem quite as dynamic as cars or airplanes or something, or maybe the novelty is wearing off. The Boy (3) thought it was all right, but he seemed to respond more to the others in the series too.
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
This author has the corner on the market for books about vehicles and boats isn't the exception. One illustrations has a cut-away of the interior of the boat, showing what it looks like inside. A lot of vocabulary will be learned from these books. My 2 1/2 year old grandson currently loves the Byron Barton books, I can see in another year, he will love these too.
De Williams
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Floats my boat!

Really liked giving advanced ideas to young kids. But I did not like humor that is beyond their developmental level and that can be confused with the real concepts being presented. Ex. A ferryboat being pictured with large sardines packed in it almost as large as the boat itself. I remember that graphic - not a boat full of people and vehicles.
Oct 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Whimsical animal and mammal characters are interspersed with realistic artsy illustrations that are accompanied by informative and descriptive rhymes for all sizes of boats from a kayak to a massive aircraft carrier.
Apr 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: goodboyreads
A great book for kids who are interested in boats. Gives a lot of facts for the kids learn about. Ages 3+.
Kelsey Yates
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked seeing the different kinds of sea craft. As always with this series, the illustrators create fun, imaginative art.
I like Hubbell's series about "things that go". Great way to present all the information some kids love to gobble up, the vocabulary is rich, and the rhyme is usually strong.
4* art
2* story/words

Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Love the info and the text, but not a fan of the illustrations
Love this style of illustration.
A good all-around picture book for boat-loving kids! A much better rhyming scheme than "Cars: Rushing! Honking! Zooming!" The rhyme in this text is more readable and flows better while reading aloud.
Jul 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture, boats
Good for storytime on boats. Nice rhyming
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lap-reads
Short - abrupt verbiage - in poem format. Won't use for a storytime program, more suited for a lapread.
Ross Holbrook
Wonderful kids book.

Can't wait til grandkids get their kindle!
I know they will enjoy this. Great art work. Rhymes work with each page.
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great rhythm, great vocabulary. Could work in a small story time, but was a little long and a little hard to see the pictures for my large group. I can see using it with a PK class.
Sam Bloom
Apr 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Cool book! I love the artwork; a collage of throwback prints, old-timey cartoonish people and animals, and boat cross-sections.
SBPL Storytime
May 14, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: srp-2010
Describes the different types of boats and parts of boats.
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The "Things That Go!" series by Patricia Hubbell include books on Cars, Boats, Trucks, Trains and Airplanes. These are delightful rhyming books that are also very educational.
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Patricia Hubbell has been writing poetry since she was eleven years old.
In 1998, her Wrapping Paper Romp was selected as a Parents Magazine Book of the Year.
Patricia Hubbell lives with her husband, Harold Hornstein, in Easton, Connecticut, the small town where she was born.
Remembering how much their children and grandchildren loved to bounce when they were very young prompted her to write

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