The Old Boat

h1 October 1st, 2021 by jules


If you happen to follow Calling Caldecott over at the Horn Book, you know that our talented guest posters have been writing about some beautiful 2021 picture books.

Today’s post is from Elissa Gershowitz. She writes about Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey’s The Old Boat, released earlier this year by Norton Young Readers. (Remember when Jarrett and Jerome visited 7-Imp back in 2019 to talk about The Old Truck?)

I send you today to Elissa’s post about what she calls “another emotionally moving story about a vehicle and its family.” That is here. When you’re doing reading that, you can head back here, if you’re so inclined, to see some spreads from the book (below).



“Off a small island, an old boat rode the tide.”
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“The old boat caught wants …”
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“… and wishes”
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“… and lonely”
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“Then deep.”
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“Off a small island, an old boat was home.”
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THE OLD BOAT. Copyright © 2021 by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Norton Young Readers, New York.

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