Sailing the Ocean Blue

Come along for adventures on the high seas!

The Castaway

By James Stevenson

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During a family vacation, Hubie the mouse falls out of a dirigible and is stranded on a tropical island, where a very inventive fellow castaway, Leo, helps him overcome his fears.
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We'll All Go Sailing

By Maggie Spicer

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The young narrator and his friends, Maggee and Jesse, travel to a myriad of places to look at sea life that is every colour of the rainbow. Children will delight in the pink octopus, the blue manatee, and the orange barracuda, to name but a few. Richard Thompson and Maggee Spicer have created a rhythmic poem (in the same vein as their ealier collaboration, Fishes in the Ocean) that will encourage the very youngest of new readers. Together with Kim La Fave's bold and playful illustrations, this delightful poem will ... make a fine book To show what we'll see, When we all go sailing On the rainbow seas.
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The Wreck of the Zephyr

By Chris Van Allsburg

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At the edge of a cliff lies the wreck of a small sailboat. How did it get there? "Waves carried it up in a storm," says an old sailor. But is it possible that waves could ever get that high? There is another story -- the story of a boy and his obsessive desire to be the greatest sailor, the story of a storm that carried the boy and his boat to a place where boats glide like gulls high above the water and not upon it. Chris Van Allsburg tells that story of the boy and his boat, the Zephyr, in words and haunting, full-color pastel paintings. His sailboats sail the night sky with the stars in pictures so vivid that the reader can almost hear the wind in the sails. Here is a work of unusual artistry that will enchant readers of all ages for many years to come.
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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

By C.S. Lewis

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Lucy and Edmund, accompanied by their peevish cousin Eustace, sail to the land of Narnia where Eustace is temporarily transformed into a green dragon because of his selfish behavior and skepticism.

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The Sailor Dog

By Margaret Wise Brown

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"Born at sea in the teeth of a gale, the sailor was a dog. Scuppers was his name."
A dog that has always wanted to go to sea finally realizes his dream. Join Scuppers as he makes his first voyage. This classic read-aloud never ages and will be wanted again and again.

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Someday

By Diane Paterson

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A tough bargain with a sly crow lands Gull and his silly landlubber friends in trouble when they take to the high seas on a boat named Someday

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Sea Story

By Jill Barklem

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The mice from Brambly Hedge set out on adventurous sea voyage.

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Salty Sails North

By Gloria Rand

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Salty Dog and his master sail to Alaska where they meet wolves and bears and icebergs, oh, my!

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Sailing Home: A Story of a Childhood at Sea

By Gloria Rand

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"Every morning we'd wake up far away from where we'd gond to sleep."
For Captain Madsen's wife and four kids, their four-masted boat is home as they sail around the world. Based on the family's true adventures, from 1896 to 1910.

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Sail Away

By Donald Crews

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This picture book tells of a family's lovely day out in a sailboat.

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