The Most Courageous Sailor in the World
by Can Tugrul
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Pub Date 01 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 14 Sep 2022
Chouette Publishing, CrackBoom! Books
The journey of a determined sailor!
Zoe is the only person in her fishing village who is afraid of the sea. One day, she hears from an old captain about a mysterious elixir that turns the person who drinks it into the most courageous sailor in the world. It is protected by a ferocious monster at the end of all the oceans.
As years pass, Zoe keeps thinking about the elixir and becomes determined to find it. She builds her own boat and sets out on a perilous journey where she encounters sea dragons, pirates, and even giant octopuses! Will Zoe be able to overcome the terrible beast guarding the potion? And will she finally be able to call herself the most courageous sailor in the world?
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Pleasant and nicely pictorial story of a young girl, determined to get to the end of all the seas of the world, find the legendary elixir there and become the bravest boat captain of all – even though up till now she's always been afraid of the briny. Of course, the moral is 'to dare is to win', or 'to try is to achieve' - she doesn't need the elixir, with the journey proving her courage all along. It's a very easy read, with only a couple of sentences per page, but the design of the monsters is fine, and the spread showing the boat graveyard she sails through will be most memorable. In fact, if the switch in the girl from curious sceptic about the seas to a determined sailor was at all realistic, this would get a very high mark indeed.
"The Most Courageous Sailor is an amazing book filled with breathtaking illustrations. The story begins with a Sailor spinning tales of the sea. Zoe, the main character is inspired by the old man's stories to sail the seas where she meets monsters and perseveres. The book is a wonderful tale of hope, determination, and adventure. The perfect book for young readers and even adults looking to find a little bravery in their lives!
I loved this story! It is essentially a tale of the ruby slippers. In The Most Courageous Sailor in the World, a girl named Zoe challenges and tests herself in order to obtain the key to great courage, but it turns out she had courage in spades all along. The illustrations were vibrant and imaginative, illustrating Zoe's drive, tenacity, and the hard work she put into her goal. This story has a wonderful lesson about finding what you need inside yourself, rather than searching for it elsewhere.
Story and illustrations by author known for his illustrations.
The illustrations are clear, fun, and colorful. The storyline is simply that you never know what you can do until you try, even if it means waiting for what seems a long time. Loved it!
Excellent for ESL.
I requested and received a free temporary ebook from Chouette Publishing/ CrackBoom! Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
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Overall a good book and easy read for children. The premise of the story centers around a brave and determined little girl called Zoe, who has a fear of the sea but challenges herself to become The Most Courageous Sailor in the World. Each page is primarily made up of detailed illustrations with a few lines of narrative. A lovely story for children on overcoming fear, visualizing and having adventures. Thanks to NetGalley and Chouette Publishing for an advance copy of this book.
Thank you so much to Chouette / Crack Boom Books and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review.
Zoe is fascinated by the sea captains stories but terrified of doing it herself. The sea is too scary for her from all the sea captains stories. Then he tells tales of an elixir to help you always be brave. She sets off on an adventure to find that elixir and be scared no more.
It’s so sad this was rushed it was really cute, but the sea adventure part was so rushed and didn’t give us much detail at all. I would have loved a few more pages so it could have told more of her battles with the sea creatures she came across.
The story was really sweet though, she became brave without even thinking about it, so determined to not be scared anymore she set out and literally faced her fear and didn’t think twice about it until she was where she wanted to be.
I liked that there were a few mythology facts at the end also, always good to learn about different myths and legends.
Well-illustrated book! The story is precise and interesting. I like the sailor's character and I also like the main protagonist and her quest for bravery. This theme is quite inspirational for young readers and it is well-complimented by the pictures. I also loved the exploration of mythical element of sea creatures, especially how the sea monster actually mimics a Aladin's genie. Overall, it is an adventurous read!
The artwork and illustrations in this book were both whimsical & engaging. They colors & movement of it all was very pretty & eye catching. I liked the moral of the story in that true courage is making the journey itself and pushing through the fear to accomplish what you set out to do. Being scared is not bad, but having courage is accepting the fear and facing it head on. I loved that different mythical creatures were featured and that the book gives your more info and history about that at the end. It was nice touch to learn something new.
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