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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great fun to read, 28 July 2000
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This review is from: Who Sank the Boat? (Picture Puffin) (Paperback)
I read this book time and time again to my sons and we never tired of it. It is beautifully illustrated and very funny. There are plenty of opportunities for the children to voice their opinions as to "who sank the boat", and after the first read the children love being part of the conspiracy and knowing the identity of the culprit. The book gives you the opportunity to raise lots of side issues with the children, such as the idea that it is sometimes the little things in life that tip the balance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE MOUSE TOO MANY, 3 Mar 2001
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This book has the simplest of plots but it is very charmingly told.
Imagine a pig carrying an umbrella, a sheep doing knitting, and a cow and a donkey and a mouse, all walking along on their back legs in single file.
What else is there to do on a fine sunny morning but to go for a row in the boat?
But there is one big question. "Who sank the boat?"
We are told the outcome right up front, but who was the culprit? The tension and suspense is fantastic as each creature in turn gets aboard. The donkey is a smart critter since he knew how to balance the weight of the cow. The sheep was just as smart since he got on the opposite side to the pig. We are now very low in the water now, but still afloat.
The smallest and the lightest of the friends now gets on board. Glug, glug, glug - Time to swim. "You DO know who sank the boat" - don't you?
This is a classic children's story, beautifully illustrated.
For the more thoughtful child it is a good introduction to some interesting physical phenomena. The straw that broke the camel's back is an overworked (and unpleasant) metaphor. Our mouse friend is a good analogy to that one snowflake that triggered the avalanche.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE MOUSE TOO MANY, 28 Feb 2001
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This review is from: Who Sank the Boat? (Picture Puffin) (Paperback)
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This book has the simplest of plots but it is very charmingly told.
Imagine a pig carrying an umbrella, a sheep doing knitting, and a cow and a donkey and a mouse, all walking along on their back legs in single file.
What else is there to do on a fine sunny morning but to go for a row in the boat?
But there is one big question. "Who sank the boat?"
We are told the outcome right up front, but who was the culprit? The tension and suspense is fantastic as each creature in turn gets aboard. The donkey is a smart critter since he knew how to balance the weight of the cow. The sheep was just as smart since he got on the opposite side to the pig. We are now very low in the water now, but still afloat.
The smallest and the lightest of the friends now gets on board. Glug, glug, glug - Time to swim. "You DO know who sank the boat" - don't you?
This is a classic children's story, beautifully illustrated.
For the thoughtful child it is a good introduction to some interesting physical phenomena. The straw that broke the camel's back is an overworked (and unpleasant) metaphor. Our mouse friend is a good analogy to that one snowflake that triggered the avalanche.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pamela Allen, 22 April 2014
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Fabulous children's writer with brilliant stories on known themes. Very humourous and provoke great discussions with children of all ages. Witty illustrations. A book for all children's collections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book, 8 Jan 2014
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This is a lovely book for young children. It has humour and anticipation and the repitition that helps young children to develop reading skills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great for year 1 science, 27 Aug 2012
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This is a great little story about mass, floating and sinking. I used this to tie in with my year 1 science topic on floating and sinking. We talked about why the tiny mouse would sink the boat and we looked at the way the animals positioned themselves into the boat as to how and why the boat might have sank. Lots of things to talk about and nice pictures and simple text. It also makes a good and funny little story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "whodunnit" for little ones, 3 Nov 2003
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A lovely book for both my 3 and 5 year old. A short simple tale trying to discover who the culprit might be. Do you know who sank the boat? The children eagerly turn the pages to find this out (although they already know). There's always a laugh at the end.
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