My Father's Arms are a Boat

Title

My Father's Arms are a Boat

Illustrator

Øyvind Torseter

Publisher

Enchanted Lion Books

Publication Year

2012

ISBN

9781592701247

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Unable to sleep, a young boy climbs into his father's arms and asks about birds, foxes, and whether his mother will ever awaken, then under a starry sky, the father provides clear answers and assurances.

Grade Level

K-3

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Family member death; Single parent; death of a mother; grief; single father

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single father

Awards

Mildred L. Batchelder Award, 2014, Honor Book
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2013 Parenting
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2013
Notable Children's Books, 2014 Fiction for Younger Readers
USBBY Outstanding International Books, 2014 Pre School-Grade 2

Keywords

fathers and sons; birds; foxes; winter; insomnia; healing; wish on a star

Diversity Impact

direct

My Father's Arms are a Boat

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