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Wednesday 16 January 2019

Review: Boats Fast and Slow

This is a beautifully presented book introducing children to boats in all their shapes and sizes. It is a high quality, hard cover production with a wealth of information.

The history of boats is cleverly intertwined with stories of famous boats, fictional boats, boat festivals and races. It takes you through the first boats and log canoes, and even goes into myths such as the story of the Egyptian sun god, Ra’s barge that travels through the underworld and up through the sky.

The basics of boats are covered, including a labelled diagram of the key elements and a narrative about different types of boats.

From war boats and sea battles to Viking longships and pirates, this book skilfully combines historical fact with an interesting narrative that will appeal to curious kids.

A number of high profile vessels through history are profiled, including the Cutty Sark, Spray, and HMS Beagle, that took a young Charles Darwin to the Galapagos Islands where he came up with the theory of evolution.

The book is well-designed in a large format with elegant and sophisticated illustrations that show the technical detail yet capture the movement and momentum of the boats and their stories.

Title: Boats Fast and Slow
Author: Iris Volant
Illustrator: Jarom Vogel
Publisher: Flying Eye Books, $27.99
Publication Date: 1 September 2018
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781911171522
For ages: 5 - 8
Type: Non-Fiction