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A Little Ferry Tale: 09/07/22

A Little Ferry Tale

A Little Ferry Tale by Chad Otis (2022) is the tale of a small ferry who wants to be something more. It's written in the tradition of The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper (1930) and Scuffy by Gertrude Crampton (1946).

Little Ferry isn't fast or strong. She can't compete with Tugboat or Speedboat. She has her routine of picking up passengers and taking them to and from the island. But she feels invisible. She wants desperately to be something more than a small, reliable boat.

Queen of Cumberland ferry on the Salish Sea (8/12/22)
Queen of Cumberland ferry on the Salish Sea (8/12/22)

Besides being a sentimental fan of Scuffy, I couldn't help but notice how similar Little Ferry looks to some of the smaller ferries that BCFerries run or the equivalent ones on the Washington State side of the Salish sea. As the book came out just before my recent trip to Vancouver and Victoria, I knew I had to read it.

Little Ferry does find her unique purpose and does come to appreciate how important her ability to carry people and other creatures across the water is. While she's normally a commuter craft, she's able to help in an emergency in ways that neither Tugboat nor Speedboat can.

Five stars

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