Used the book with students with special needs as drama piece.They enjoyed talking about the journey of the boat,looking at the pictures and acting out the journey with props.I am using other books by Neil Griffiths as class books,creating our own tactile versions and our own storysacks for future use.
I bought this book to use as a stimulus for a 'Journeys' topic as I teach Nursery and Reception class. The text is written in a way that reflects the content, it gets wavy when talking about the water etc. Visually it was beautifully illustrated and a good story for sequencing skills. We had great fun making sound effects for various parts of the story and it also led into the children talking about times when they have lost something precious. I like the ending where the boy finds the boat after it had been on its amazing journey, its a story about hope and adventure, one that I would thoroughly recommend.
My young son and I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Journey. He was enchanted by the calming story and the wonderful artwork. We have now started to read other books by Neil Griffiths. There is a good variety. Some are extremely entertaining whilst others have a great moral message. Carry on the good work.
The boy is sad as his boat goes bobbing away down the river - but what marvellous adventures it has! The rhyming text swishes and swirls through the pictures as the boat travels through stream, lake, right down to the sea, having exciting adventures all along the way. Battered and bruised, nonetheless there is a happy surprise at the end. The text is perfectly complemented by the pictures, which reflect the mood of each stage of the journey and the book is a lovely introduction to the world of rivers.
What a well written story lovely words wonderful illustrations very moving book i use this book both within a school setting and at home my son love's this book very much i do have some other books by this author and i feel he really draw's you into his stories very clever must have book for well any age from 0-101 wonderful read!5*
I used this book with a Year 1 class to support their understanding of journeys and the beach. This book enabled us to discuss lots of thoughtful questions to support their learning to geography and science concepts. Some of the questions we investigated were: When does a ripple become a wave? Would the boat move faster in a stream or in a river? What do we mean by a water current, how are they formed? The children had many other thoughtful questions to go with this book yet they also enjoyed this book as a story. I think this book could be used with older readers too for educational purposes as a starting point.
The journey is beautifully illustrated a wonderful story. Full of adventure and excellent language to develop literacy skills. Judith Blake's watercolours are interesting and relaxing for bedtime. We have been reading this to our baby since she was 8 weeks and she is now 10 months and this is undoubtedly her favourite bedtime book. She loves the rhymes and the bold writing over the illustrations and you just have to show her the front cover and her face breaks out into a huge beaming smile. Her second favourite book is 'Itchy Bear' by the same author. Thank you Neil Griffiths for writing such wonderful books!
I love love love this book! My boys enjoy it especially and find it a brilliant read every time! The illustrations and text work in sync with one another where the descriptive words become part of the illustration. It features a boy and his boat that gets lost. The book is written in rhyme and has great rhythm and content that will appeal to a wide range of ages. My boys are 3 and 6, both like it. It took longer than it should have to come-I expected it to arrive 2 days before it arrived.