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The Old Boat: 03/22/21

The Old Boat

The Old Boat by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey is a stylistic follow up to The Old Truck (2020). Like the previous book, it follows a vehicle and the family who uses it over time and what becomes of it.

For the truck, much of its time in narrative was spent abandoned by the side of the barn. It was the younger generation who fixed it up and made use of it. Here is just the opposite.

The old boat in question is old at the start of book and remains in use over the course of a character's childhood. It eventually succumbs to a strong storm at sea.

But there is a new life for it there and an environmental message. Like The Mess That We Made by Michelle Lord and Julie Blattman (2020), The Old Boat has a secondary message about pollution and the ocean. It is that learned lesson that is carried onto the next generation, rather than the upkeep of the old boat.

Five stars

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