My Father's Boat

by Sherry Garland and Ted Rand

Although there's a lot for a father and his young son to do working on their... read more

Although there's a lot for a father and his young son to do working on their shrimp boat, since it's just the two of them out on the ocean alone for two days and one night, they find plenty of time to share stories about the father's past. He recalls when he was a young boy himself, working on his father's shrimp boat on the South China Sea. He explains why he had to leave and come to America when war came to his small Vietnamese village, and why his father had to stay. Together, they imagine the grandfather, still working on his shrimp boar on the South China Sea, and the father promises his son that some day he will take him to visit him. An understated, poignant portrait of a father/son relationship is illustrated with senstive watercolor paintings that show both the hard work of the fishermen and their dreams of past and future. (Ages 4-8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1998

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