NZ Writer and Illustrator
Ben Brown, illustrated by Helen Taylor
The Song of the Ship Rat
Scholastic 2013 $19.50pb 32 pages
ISBN 978 1 7754 3048 3
Themes: Old age/ Rats/ Stories in rhyme/ Voyages
In wonderfully lyrical verse we follow the adventures of an aging ship rat as he looks back on the places he has been and sights he has seen. He feels he may be on his last voyage but when he comes to his old home upon which he once looked as paradise, he finds all the familiar things, people and animals have gone. He must go back to the life he has chosen.
Unroll the maps to Far-Away!
We’ll sail before the sun,
for I am a sea-worn ship rat, friends…
I’ll sail until I’m done.
As with all the books on which this husband and wife team have collaborated, this proves a perfect match of text and illustration.
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Year 1 up/ Age 5 up