A blow-by-blow account of one of the most famous ferry rides in the world, this Level F book is perfect for kindergarteners and first graders to read on their own.
Breathtaking scenes illustrate and illuminate a text that is just right for new readers:
We go on the ferry.
Let's go to the window.
We see a fort.
We see a long, long bridge.
Realistic digital etchings of the Manhattan skyline, the escalator to a gangplank, New York City crowds, and landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and more give new readers an experience that builds skills, boosts confidence, and shows how reading is fun!
This book has been officially leveled by using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient(TM) Leveling System.
The award-winning I Like to Read series features guided reading levels A through G, based upon Fountas & Pinnell standards. Acclaimed author-illustrators--including winners of Caldecott, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and Coretta Scott King honors--create original, high-quality illustrations that support comprehension of simple text and are fun for kids to read again and again with their parents, teachers or on their own!
Level F books, for early first graders, feature longer, more varied sentences than Level E. Level F books encourage kids to decode new multi-syllable words in addition to recognizing sight words. Stories are more complex, and illustrations provide support and additional detail. When Level F is mastered, follow up with Level G.
Michael Garland has written and illustrated many books for children, including Fish Had a Wish (Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Children's Books), Tugboat (Best Children's Books for Family Literacy), Pizza Mouse (Junior Library Guild Selection), and Birds Make Nests (Correll Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Informational Text and NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book). His art for James Patterson's Santa Kid inspired Saks Fifth Avenue's Christmas Holiday windows.
Michael Garland grew up in Staten Island and took his first ferry ride at the age of five.
"The digital woodcuts, closely emulating the traditional form, are especially arresting when depicting the ferry and New York landmarks from a distance. . . . a particularly captivating set of illustrations." —School Library Journal
"The text is minimal, and the vibrant illustrations, done in digital woodcut, are meticulously accurate in their portrayals of the sights en route and the size of the ferry and its seemingly endless windows, capable of accommodating a multitude of passengers. The understated artwork depicts people from all sorts of different backgrounds, highlighting the diversity of the New Yorkers and tourists aboard the ferry." —Booklist