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Read and Discuss: Toy Boat

A boy’s toy boat is threatened by a stormy sea.


  • Toy Boat by Randall de Sève

Key Science Concepts

  • Objects behave differently in water. Some float; some don’t.


Introduce the words waves and stormy. If you have time, and your children are interested, go over the different types of boats featured in the book: tugboat, ferry, speedboat, sailboat, fishing boat. Suggest they draw some of these during learning center time.  


Before you read: Show children the cover, and read the title and author’s name. Ask them to describe what they think is happening on the cover.

After you read:

Turn to the relevant pages as you ask:

  • What was the ocean like when the toy boat sailed off in the beginning?
  • What happened to the ocean after that? Can you describe what the waves were like?
  • Why do you think these big waves could have been dangerous to the boat? What might have happened?  
  • What happened when the big tugboat, the giant ferry, and the speedboat raced by the toy boat? Why was this dangerous?