How It Feels To Be A Boat, written by James Kwan, reviewed by Judy Hauser
Summary: This is an interesting book for young children. The author uses a boat to describe and
explain emotions in a way that young children will understand. The parts of a boat including levers,
pulleys and corridors are examples of what people feel inside. The smells from the galley and the
big-hearted furnace are in the belly of the boat. The illustrations, by the author, are lavish and fill
2-page spreads. When the boat crashes it is put back together in pieces and becomes even
stronger. The story will be great for discussion on comparisons between objects like boats and
human emotions. Recommended.
Straight Talk for Librarians: A good story for discussions on emotions.