Row, Row, Row Your Boat
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, July 29, 1997)
"Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream..." The popular song beloved by generations of families with young children is now an exciting adventure story. As two children row their boat downstream, it stops at a magical island, where they meet up with some monkeys, elephants, and--yikes-- a lion. Now it's time to run as fast as they can back to the safety of their boat, before the lion catches up with them! Preschoolers will delight in discovering a favorite verse on the printed page, and it's been shown that seeing and singing the words of a familiar song can help children with early stages of reading readiness. The addition of inventive verses, beautiful art, and a visual storyline breathe new life into an old standard. "Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream."