Illustrations and easy to read text portray a variety of vessels, from houseboats to dredgers, through the course of a busy day on the bay.
I was all hearts-for-eyes emoji over this book as soon as I picked it up in the bookstore, and I haven’t stopped loving it. My three-year-old feels the same way. It’s fun to look at and quick to read, making it easy to read over and over again. There’s a lot to discuss in it too–we like to identify specific places, talk about what the various people are doing, and notice opposites. Yes, we definitely love it a little extra because we live in the San Francisco Bay Area and the illustrations prominently feature the bridges, islands, buildings, and horizons we know and love, but children and adults from anywhere will enjoy the beautiful illustrations and descriptions of many different types of boats.
Jeanne Walker Harvey lives in Sausalito, California, where she watches all of the boats on the bay from her house on the hill. She is the award-winning author of several picture books, including Maya Lin, Artist-Architect of Light and Lines; My Hands Sing the Blues, Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey; Honey Girl, the Hawaiian Monk Seal; and Astro, the Stellar Sea Lion. In addition to being a writer, Jeanne is a docent at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Grady McFerrin is an illustrator, designer, and hand-letterer who lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two kids. His work has been featured in magazines, children’s books, gift/novelty titles, advertisements and music posters, and recognized by the AIGA, Communication Arts, the Society of Illustrators, Print magazine, and American Illustration. This is his first full-length picture book.