Green Ship by Quentin Blake

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Two children find the Green Ship when they climb over the wall into what is more like a forest than a garden. The ship has bushes for bows and stern and its funnels are trees; a small garden shed on an ancient stump is the wheel house and in command of the ship is the owner of the garden, old Mrs Tredegar. Throughout the summer she and the Bosun and the two children sail the Seven Seas visiting exotic faraway places and having wonderful adventures.

About Quentin Blake

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Award-winning illustrator and children's author, Quentin Blake was born in 1932. His first drawings were published in "Punch" when he was 16. He has illustrated almost 300 titles some in collaboration with famous writers such as Russell Hoban, John Yeoman and Roald Dahl. He is the creator of characters such as Mister Magnolia and Mrs. Armitage. His works have earned him numerous awards including the Whitbread Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award, the Bologna Ragazzi Prize, and in 2002 the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration. In 1999, he was selected as the First Children's Laureate.
Published January 1, 1998 by Jonathan Cape. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An aura of melancholy pervades this imaginative tale about two youngsters who come upon a topiary ship, brought to life with Blake's (Mrs. Armitage and the Big Wave) familiar, whimsical illustrations.

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Readers caught up in the fanciful voyages may grow sad at book's end for, with the passing years, the ship loses its shape as the trees become overgrown, leading the narrator to conclude, ""Soon there will no longer be any way at all of knowing that they were once the Green Ship."" As with Shel S...

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