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The Antlered Ship — 17 Comments

  1. Were they acknowledging their friendship at the end? It seemed strange that they were going on another adventure and Marco had more questions to ask and he only had one question answered in the whole book. Also, why could he only ask other fox? I did smile at the beginning of the book after Marco asked his questions, the other fox replied, “What does that have to do with chicken stew?” I also wondered why one of the pigeons was a peg legged, bandana wearing bird. I know some kids would enjoy the book and it might even reflect them because they may ask a lot of questions to the adults in their life and they can relate to Marco.

  2. This was probably one of my least favorite this year. I’d put it out for students to read, but doubt I’d use it as a read aloud. I felt like I was kind of left hanging without the story really wrapping itself up. Marco said he felt he failed and he had to keep getting the others to do anything. Just kind of made me go “Hmmmm.” **

  3. My son loved this story. I read it again and again. The illustrations were smooth, soft, and meaningful. The text varied in color from white to black-very interesting. The animals sounds were descriptive. The animals feelings were exposed. The use of … was very powerful in the story. The statement of ‘ so many questions left to answer…and ask’ was great to get our students thinking deeper about the text they are reading. The map endpapers area always fascinating to children as well. I would love to use this in a Unit of writing. 5 stars.

  4. This book did offer some questions… antlers on a ship? Oh well, some fantasy has to go along with this adventure book about friends. If I were to use this with my class, I would use it for a simple lesson on characters and plot.
    3 stars

  5. I liked the illustrations more than the story, but felt it would be a good book for a young boy who loved animals and adventures. I thought the “questioning theme” was a bit underdeveloped and had no conclusion. I liked the idea of having an animal crew on a ship and working together to reach an unknown destination. I just felt cheated a bit at the end as no questions were ever really answered and the friendship theme was so simplified. I’d give the book a 3-star rating based on the illustrations alone.

  6. I opened the book and read the summary on the book jackets. I was thinking that this might be a story that included examples of collective nouns as well as inquisitive minds. I also wondered if this might somehow be connected to a Vikings tale. But alas, neither prediction was correct. I admired the creative nature of this book and liked that there was an underlying message of friendship and curiosity. But like other readers, I was left dissatisfied. While I think this might appeal to some readers this would not be a book I personally would add to my classroom library collection.

  7. This is not one of my top books of choice. I had to read it a second time before I seemed to get the point. I didn’t appreciate the use of talking animals in finding the purpose of life. I would not use this book in my classroom. I rate it at a 3.

  8. I thought this was a lovely book and I know lots of kids who would agree. The illustrations are are beautifully done (naturally considering it’s the Fan brothers). For curriculum, I would use this as a great example of creative writing and have kids come up with their own unanswerable questions. It’s a bit too long for storytime but I know it would be well-received for one-on-one readings. 5/5 stars

  9. I can think of a few students of mine who would enjoy the ethereal illustrations in this book. Like others have posted, I felt like this story line had interesting “bones,” but didn’t get the details quite right to be compelling (especially to kids). I could see using this book as a starter to a unit on “wondering” and asking questions. I could also see this tying in to some of our PBIS work on friendship, with students thinking about the idea near the end of the book about what’s the best way to find a friend.
    I would rate this book 2 stars.

  10. From the beginning I was not enthralled by this book. As I read further into it I found it less interesting. There are better books out there about questions, adventures and making friends. I also found the illustrations drab and uninteresting to look at.

  11. Beautiful illustrations and a great book to introduce writing stories about voyages, pursuing goals, and working together. The vocabulary could open doors to understanding sailing in wooden ships, like the pilgrims did. Some of the words mentioned were galley, bow, marvelous, bellowed, and the phrases, “a reviving stew” and “plotting their course.” There were some great lessons this book could enhance, such as, continuing to search for answers to the questions you have, even if others don’t pose such questions or know the answers! I see this book especially appealing to high-potential students in the second and third grades. 5 stars for this one.

  12. I believe the idea of this book was friendship and relationship. There was the subtle points on helping in adversity and encouragement when others have given up. The cover had me intrigued, but was disappointed. **

  13. I’m not sure about this book. I was expecting something different, but I don’t know what. The whole story just didn’t seem to flow. The illustrations were very nice and detailed. Victor the pigeon was the best!

  14. I was really intrigued by the front cover and the title, but I was disappointed with this book. The story line was lacking a bit and it just seemed to move kind of slowly. I don’t think I’d use this with my students.
    2/5 stars

  15. This book was okay. I’m not sure if the comprehension leave is appropriate for 2-3rd grade to read independently. As a whole class book I can see possibly using it to teach ‘how we make friends’ or ‘team work’. I would give this book a 2 rating.

  16. I did not like this book. This story was pretty boring and the end it seems to have a point about friendship, but it didn’t make sense to me. I really do not think students would enjoy this and would be confused. I would not use it for free reading or in curriculum.
    I rate this book 1 star.

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