Sailing Home by Gloria Rand
A Story of a Childhood at Sea

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Games of tag on the deck; swings tied to the masts; a floating farmyard filled with chickens and ducks and even a pig; exotic pets, including a mongoose, a monkey, a kangaroo; studying astronomy and celestial navigation under the stars and geography with firsthand visits all over the world. This was the childhood of the four Madsen children who made their home aboard a four-masted sailing bark that carried cargo in the 1800s. Based on the journal kept by Captain Madsen and his daughter Ena, the story of this seafaring family is brought to life for modern children by Gloria and Ted Rand. Culminating in a dramatic Christmas Eve storm at sea, this is at once a rousing adventure and an intriguing look at a unique lifestyle that will fascinate young and old alike.

About Gloria Rand

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Gloria Rand and Ted Rand have collaborated on several picture books for Holt, including ""Salty Dog"" and ""Prince William, Ted Rand was the acclaimed illustrator of more than 70 picture books, including, for Clarion, The Memory String and Secret Place by Eve Bunting and Ice Palace by Deborah Blumenthal. He died in 2005 at his home in Mercer Island, Washington.
Published August 1, 2001 by NorthSouth. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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The Rands do a merry job of painting a family's life at sea on a four-masted sailing bark during the end of the 19th century.

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The book carries readers from cheerful anecdotes about pets and games to a gripping description of the heroism of the children's parents when their ship broaches (rolls onto its side): "Neither of them showed any panic or fear, and that made us children feel brave, too."

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