Bluewater is a cozy village surrounded by the sea. There are hundreds of seabirds, many fishermen, the occasional vacationer, and oh yes boats. This is the story about three young boats, Roy the rowboat, Karen the canoe, and Sally the sailboat. Roy the rowboat is an orphan, who never knew what happened to his parents.
This is the story of the three friends spent their days frolicking in the bay that surrounds their village, until one day when they decided to set out in quest of what became of Roy the row boats parents. Quickly they decided that the answer to this mystery lies somewhere out beyond the reef.
Do the three friends heed the warnings of their elders too “NEVER EVER GO BEYOND THE REEF”? Do they find out what happened to Roy’s parents?
The answer to this my friend does lie “Beyond The Reef!”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a sweet story about an orphan learning the value of boundaries while discovering the fate of his parents. I liked that he never broke the rules by leaving the reef, but sought his answers within the boundaries set by his foster parents. While I loved the illustrations, the cover doesn't match the rest of the book. Both are really good in their own right, but are completely different styles. I felt like the book needed to be either longer or shorter. It needed to be edited down (word count, page count was fine) or lengthened into an early chapter book.
This is a cute story that can be read to children to teach them the importance of listening to their parents. It can also be used to start a conversation with kids who have been adopted, as Roy the rowboat is. The story line was cute and the illustrations kept my son entertained, so that in of itself is a plus in my book. It was also refreshing to read a children's book that had a beginning, middle and end. So many are written as blurbs and in jarring sentences that even my son finds them annoying. But this book, is nothing like that. Since it has a story line, you can stop and ask your child "What do you think is going to happen?" or "Do you think they are going to go beyond the reef?" Interaction. That's what this book brings. The only issue I had with it, is that one page is riddled with grammatical errors. Quotes are placed in the incorrect spot and the word "waited" is used instead of "weighted". That set aside, the book contains everything little boys love. The sense of danger, action, and redemption. This book has been placed in our "nightly reading choices" corner. And in this house that is odd occasion, as my son is a much harsher critic that I.