Bark Ship Bonnie -- Picture Book Review & Craft Round-Up


Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

How are you spending your summer? Do you go boating? Today I am sharing a new picture book that introduces ship language and slang. Plus I am sharing a boat/ship craft round-up. The book is Bark Ship Bonnie by Stephanie Staib and illustrated by Fiona Lee. It is recommended for ages 5 to 7. And don't worry if you are not knowledgeable about ship language--there is a glossary!!

From the Publisher:

Bark Ship Bonnie is a sailing-adventure picture book by Stephanie Staib featuring a strong, resourceful girl, her loyal dog, and their boat—complete with a “Ship Slang” glossary and diagram of a real bark ship—beautifully illustrated by Fiona Lee.

Bonnie lass and her trusted furry first mate cast off, set sail, chase sea tales, befriend whales, scope islands, outwit squalls, and make it home in time to slip back into the slip and sleep in this delightfully salty tale of a girl, her dog, and a boat.

From Me:

Let's start with a bark ship. It is a small sailing ship with three or more masts. This book can be hard to get through the first time if you do not the ship slang, but I can see it becoming a favorite as the kids learn the language. It is a story about a girl and her dog who go on their bark ship for the day. They become friends with the sea creatures and dig for treasure on a deserted island. Then they return to home port for the night and of course she is carried by her parents home. 

This book is perfect to introduce young kids to ship language whether as a lesson unit or to prepare for the first ship adventure. The first time through the reader may need to stop and explain some of the language. At the end of the book is a Ship Slang Glossary as well as picture of a bark ship with labels to some of the various parts. 

So if you have a ship unit or a ship adventure coming up or perhaps you have a child who loves modes of transportation or pirates, this book is for you! Are you hoping to raise a sailor? This book is a great introduction. I hope you will check it out!

Ship/Boat Craft Round-Up

To go with this book I put together a round-up of crafts. There are crafts here for different ages from preschool to adult. 

1. Origami Boats from Fireflies & Mud Pies

2. Straw DIY Boat Craft from The Craft Train

3. Floating Soap Boat from Fireflies & Mud Pies

4. Easy Sailboat Craft and Science Experiment from What We Do All Day

5. Pool Noodle Boats from The Best Ideas for Kids

6. Avocado Boat Craft from Kids Craft Room

7. Easy Cork Boat Craft for Kids from Red Ted Art

8. Mayflower Craft

9. Moving Mayflower Craft from Kids' Craft Room

10. Mayflower Handprint Craft from Simple Everyday Mom

11. Moving Paper Plate Porthole Craft from Kids' Craft Room

12. Yellow Submarine Craft from Kelly's Classroom Online

13. Printable Pirate Ship from That Kids Craft Site

14. B is for Boat Craft from Homeschool Preschool

15. Paper Mosaic Sunset Boat Scene from The Craft Train

16. Cut and Paste Boat Craft from Little Ladoo

17. Paper Plate Boat Craft from Taming Little Monsters

18. Sailboat Craft from The Best Ideas for Kids

19. Rocking Boat Craft from Artsy Craftsy Mom

20. Boat Craft for Kids from Homeschool Preschool

21. Self Propelled Boat from Red Ted Art

22. Shell Sailboats

23. Cardboard Box Noah's Ark from The Craft Train

24. Cardboard Sailboat Craft for Kids from Barley & Birch

25. Balloon-Powered LEGO Boat from Mombrite

26.  DIY Bottle Boat with Motor from Hello Wonderful

27. Egg Carton Boat that Floats from Mombrite

28. Boat Craft from That Kids Craft Site

29. Driftwood and Concrete Sailboat from Crafts by Amanda

30. Christmas Lifebuoy Crochet Pattern from Red Ted Art