Tattered Sails
by Verla Kay


Tattered Sails
written by Verla Kay
illustrated by Dan Andreason

A family's 1653 journey to the New World is portrayed via Kay's trademark rhythmic, bouncy text paired with large, softly-hued illustrations. The book starts with why the family is leaving ("London crowded,/ Choked with crime") and ends with their final happy arrival. 

"This handsome offering makes a fine read-aloud." (School Library Journal)

Interest Level:  Kindergarten - 2nd grade


Below are sample spreads from inside this book.  To see larger versions of these spreads, simply click on the images. 

The first spread reads: Thomas, Edward / Mary Jane / Noses pressing / Windowpane. / London crowded / Choked with crime / Clogged with noises. / Sooty grime.

The second spread reads: Sacks of clothing / Work tools, stacked. / Livestock, baggage / Loaded, packed. / Harbor, galleons / Captain, crew. / Sails unfurling, / Ocean blue.

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