Little Rat Sets Sail Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-01 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings

" I liked Little Rat's emotions and vulnerability, but I lost interest with the sailing terms. (Oh, and those "chapters" don't really work.) " said.

" A sincere lesson in how even though you may be scared, not like, nor be the best at something, you owe it to yourself to try. Little Rat's determination is admirable, and her journey heartwarming. On a side note, the book is written and illustrated by Molly Bang's daughter, Monika Bang-Campbell. " said.

" This is a great story about a scared little kid who feels different from everyone else in sailing class. Like "The Little Engine that Could" she ends up with a good deal more self-esteem by the end of the summer, maybe next year she'll even sail by herself! " said.

"Little Rat is signed up for sailing lessons over the summer! The only problem is, she is scared of falling in the water! She pictures the ocean full of eels and jellyfish! How can she learn to sail if she is afraid of the water?! Buzzy Bear is Little Rat's teacher. He makes her feel more safe, and teaches her a lot about sailing! Will Little Rat be brave enough to sail all by herself?

Monika Bang-Campbell is able to include many authentic sailing terms in this book for beginning readers. Children will learn what it means to capsize a boat as well as put up a jib. Many words in the text are decodable and students will love going on this adventure with Little Rat!
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"Little Rat's parents have signed her up for sailing lessons without even asking her and she's scared! Slowly over the course of her summer of sailing lessons, Little Rat learns to deal with her fears. The fears don't go away by any means, but Little Rat learns to handle them. While some more adventurous children may not understand Little Rat's trepidations, this is pitch perfect for those who approach life with a little more caution. The illustrations add lots of fun details too as when the text described Little Rat as making herself as small as possible and all we see are her ears sticking out from behind a rock. However, I was annoyed by the passage in which Buzzy Bear "rounded up three other students" besides Little Rat and then the illustrations show Buzzy Bear and three students total including Little Rat. I think kids will notice this sort of thing and deserve better; it's sloppy. Still, good enough to recommend to some beginning readers who are just reaching fluency. This would also be good for children who are just being introduced to sailing." said.

"This book (c) 2007. Interesting with daughter author, mother illustrator. Pub; Harcourt, Inc. (now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

I agree with other’s positive reviews on this book. To add to those, I’ve taught sailing to youth for 35 years. While this sailing book has critter characters, it is a better sailing book than my previous two favorite children's sailing yarns; Avi’s Windcather, or Douglas Alvord's, Sarah's Boat: A Young Girl Learns the Art of Sailing. (Avi’s book is more an adventure story.)

Great color illustrations, example depicting “…deep dark water…” (no page numbers. e.g. in Ch 1 "pg 9".

Technically, very accurate sailing info, except the consistent typo of the Javelin sailboat always spelled with a lower-j.)

I like how this to my mind is the only sailing story where the characters are all wearing their lifejackets, including the class instructor. Well illustrated by the artist.

The illustrations blend and support the text wonderfully. E.g. Ch 3, “Little Rat held the tiller…” we see in the illustration instantly what the tiller is.

- Word count est. with theme of each chapter -
ch 1 400 (sailing class, PFD's, big hill, view of fleet, thoughts of deep water)
ch 2 300 (sailing with instructor, Buzzy Bear)
3 245 (grounding on sandbar)
4 220 (hanking on the jib)
5 460
total 1625

Interesting interview with author and illustrator at...
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" 1/3/18 Read with Naomi & Julia. " said.

" Mommy is still enjoying this one after many reads " said.

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