Ziba Came on a Boat by Liz Lofthouse

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Ziba came on a boat. A soggy old fishing boat that creaked and moaned as it rose and fell, rose and fell, across an endless sea...

Sitting in the crowded hull, with her mother's arms around her, Ziba remembers all that she has left behind. They hope to find peace and safety in a new land, but where will their journey end, and what will they find when they arrive?

Based on real events, Ziba Came On a Boat is the moving story of a little girl whose family has lost almost everything. This beautiful picture book takes us on her brave journey to make a new life, far from home. Full of love, warm memories and hope for the future even in a time of fear, this lyrical story is accompanied by stunning watercolor illustrations by the acclaimed Robert Ingpen

About Liz Lofthouse

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Robert R. Ingpen was born in Geelong, Australia on October 13, 1936. He began studying illustration and book design at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He has written and/or illustrated more than 100 books including versions of The Wind in the Willows, The Jungle Book, A Christmas Carol, and Treasure Island. In 1986, he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen medal for his contribution to children's literature.
Published September 30, 2007 by Kane/Miller Book Pub. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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Ziba’s homeland is not named, nor is her destination, a “new land” where her mother anticipates “Freedom.” The incongruity between Ingpen’s haunting illustrations and Lofthouse’s text, and the lack of geographic detail, create confusing desolation rather than the attempted emotional mix.

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