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Little Rat Sets Sail

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  60 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
It's time for Little Rat to start sailing lessons. But there's a BIG problem--she's afraid of water! She's scared she'll fall in, she's scared her boat will sink, and she's sure the other students will laugh at her.
Isn't it lucky, then, that Little Rat ends up with an instructor who helps her realize she is braver than she thinks?
Paperback, 48 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published March 1st 2002)
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Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-to-read
This was a story about a rat who was signed up for sailing lessons by her parents and, she was always expecting the worst things to happen to her. Even before the lessons started, she was upset that her life jacket wasn't neat and didn't look like everyone else's. During her lessons, she had to overcome many of her fears and, the instructor, Buzzy Bear, was there to help and challenge her every step of the way. She started out upset that her parents had signed her up for the sailing lessons but ...more
J Marsano
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Little Rat meets an Aquatic Challenge
Kudos to Monika Bang-Campbell for creating such a winning title of a winning series centred on the misadventures of a rat. Perhaps the most unlovable of all the rodent family, Bang-Campbell has succeeded in creating winning stories about the underdog.

Our heroine isn't keen on water, can't swim, and has parents who sign her up for sailing lessons--sound familiar, being cast out for weekdays filled with "fun" and "enrichment"? Bang-Campbell hasn't lost sight o
Megan Laird
Apr 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: transitional
This transitional chapter book written by Monika Bang-Campbell is an excellent read for young readers who are developing into the chapter book stage. Little Rat, a young girl, is forced by her parents to take sailing lessons. She shows up to the lessons already feeling out of place because of her outfit, but the story doesn't stop there; she's afraid of boats. Little Rat, who is afraid of turning over into the water with eels and jelly fish, finds a friend named Buzzy Bear who temporarily helps ...more
Jenna Sommerkamp
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: easy-to-read
This easy read book would be great for 2nd grade students. Monika Bang-Campell's "Little Rat Sets Sea" is a story about a character named Little Rat who's parents sign her up to take summer sailing lessons even though she does not want to at all. Little Rat is scared of the water and is scared of falling in. She is forced to take the lessons anyways. Her life jacket was different than the others and she seemed to be the only one who was scared and nervous. With the help of the leader Buzzy Bear, ...more
Lauren Fogg
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: transitional
Little Rat is small and she is afraid of many things. Her parents sign her up for sailing lessons and she struggles to overcome her fear of the large hill she must climb to get to the shore where the lessons begin. To top it all off, Little Rat is shy and feels like an outcast because everyone else isn't struggling with the fears that she has to face. However, once Little Rat develops a sense of purpose, her fears dissipate and she becomes a brave Little Rat who has survived the last day of sail ...more
Haley Dowty
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Little Rat Sets Sail by Monika Bang-Campbell is a wonderful transition book. It is a cross between a picture book and a chapter book which makes it great for the young advanced reader. It is a fun story about a little girl rat named Little Rat who's parents sign her up for sailing lessons even though she is afraid of the water. Little Rat goes to sailing lessons and is afraid that the rest of the kids will make fun of her. Overtime though, Little Rat becomes more comfortable sailing because of h ...more
Matt Smith
Oct 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Easy-to-Read Book
This is a story about a young rat who is terrified of doing dangerous things. She has trouble walking down a steep hill because she might fall. Most of all she is scared of the ocean. She is supposed to take sailing classes, and with the help of her teacher Buzzy Bear, she conquers her fear and has many obstacles she overcomes throughout her experience. In the end she is very happy she did it and wants to continue sailing in the future. This story is one that many kids can relat
Cedric Osborn-brown
Apr 27, 2011 rated it liked it
While not in a format that I normally enjoy or even try picking up, I found Little Rat Sets Sail to be a fantastic example of what an easy reader-type book should be. I thought the book was tied together well and illustrated in such a manner as to create a sense of character. Also the story itself was well developed with the story progressing in a predictable but readily understood manner. Finally Little Rat herself was a great character, having a fear that was debilitating but not letting that ...more
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Mommy is still enjoying this one after many reads
Clifton Bencke
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sailing-youth
This book (c) 2007. Interesting with daughter author, mother illustrator. Pub; Harcourt, Inc. (now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

I agree with other’s positive reviews on this book. To add to those, I’ve taught sailing to youth for 35 years. While this sailing book has critter characters, it is a better sailing book than my previous two favorite children's sailing yarns; Avi’s Windcather, or Douglas Alvord's, Sarah's Boat: A Young Girl Learns the Art of Sailing. (Avi’s book is more an adventure story
Little Rat's parents have signed her up for sailing lessons without even asking her and she's scared! Slowly over the course of her summer of sailing lessons, Little Rat learns to deal with her fears. The fears don't go away by any means, but Little Rat learns to handle them. While some more adventurous children may not understand Little Rat's trepidations, this is pitch perfect for those who approach life with a little more caution. The illustrations add lots of fun details too as when the text ...more
Andrew Foster
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Grade Level: 1st - 4th

I really liked this book. I was also surprised to see it was a chapter book! This book is ingrained with a life lesson told through the the story of the little rat. The little rat is afraid of the water, but also has little self-confidence in her abilities to sail. Through the book, she becomes more confident in her abilities to sail and becomes less afraid of the water, even though she still doesn't like to swim. I think this is a great book to teach a lesson to children e
Paul Terrell
Nov 21, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a story about a little rat whose parents sign her up to take sailing lessons even though she does not want to. In this story she is forced to overcome her fears and do things such as climb a big hill, wear a life jacket that she thinks is dorky, and also sail a boat. She is very shy and nervous about doing all these things but with the help of her teacher Buzzy Bear she is able to conquor her fears and be brave. This I believe is a very fun book for kids, and the illustrations are great. ...more
NS-Christine Johnson
Oct 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Little Rat is signed up for sailing lessons over the summer! The only problem is, she is scared of falling in the water! She pictures the ocean full of eels and jellyfish! How can she learn to sail if she is afraid of the water?! Buzzy Bear is Little Rat's teacher. He makes her feel more safe, and teaches her a lot about sailing! Will Little Rat be brave enough to sail all by herself?

Monika Bang-Campbell is able to include many authentic sailing terms in this book for beginning readers. Children
Sep 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any kids who's thinking about sailing
Shelves: sailing-fiction
This is a great story about a scared little kid who feels different from everyone else in sailing class. Like "The Little Engine that Could" she ends up with a good deal more self-esteem by the end of the summer, maybe next year she'll even sail by herself!
Dec 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
A sincere lesson in how even though you may be scared, not like, nor be the best at something, you owe it to yourself to try. Little Rat's determination is admirable, and her journey heartwarming. On a side note, the book is written and illustrated by Molly Bang's daughter, Monika Bang-Campbell.
Sep 19, 2010 rated it liked it
I liked Little Rat's emotions and vulnerability, but I lost interest with the sailing terms. (Oh, and those "chapters" don't really work.)
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