• Title: Float
  • Author: Daniel Miyares
  • Illustrator: Daniel Miyares
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Publication year: 2015
  • Brief Summary: From Simon & Schuster-“A little boy takes a boat made of newspaper out for a rainy-day adventure. The boy and his boat dance in the downpour and play in the puddles, but when the boy sends his boat floating down a gutter stream, it quickly gets away from him. So of course the little boy goes on the hunt for his beloved boat—and when the rain lets up, he finds himself on a new adventure altogether.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I think this book could be used in a kindergarten class. While there are no words, I feel like this book could be used to pose simple discussion questions to a class. I found this article from Unleashing Readers had an interesting discussion guide to pose to young children when viewing this book. 
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. –The illustrations really go a long way to conveying a sense of excitement for the young boy. I really thought Miyares use of color was interesting. In several illustrations, the boy and his bright yellow rain jacket and boots or the paper boat are the only bits of color the reader sees. The background is done in a bluish gray so that the reader really gets the feel of a rainy day. One of my favorite illustrations is of the boy exuberantly jumping up and down in the puddles with his paper boat gripped firmly in his hand.

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