A grey day, a small paper boat, one boy and his very big imagination. Float is a wordless picture book that tells the story of a young boy’s adventures on a grey and wet day. After making a paper boat the young boy steps out into the rain to ‘launch’ it in puddles. But when the boat floats away in a gutter stream the boy can’t keep up and when he does he is just in time to see his boat disappear down a drain. By the time he is reunited with his boat it is nothing more than a sodden piece of paper. Down-hearted he heads back home where he is greeted by the loving arms of his father. Rather than sulk about the loss of his boat, a paper plane is folded and the boy is soon ready for his next adventure.
Float is full of emotion which is conveyed through the clever artistry of illustrator Daniel Miyares. In a short read, Miyares manages to cover a whole range of emotions. The boy’s excitement at the first drop of rain, his careful protection of his boat under his mack, his joy at his boat floating in the puddles, his panic as his boat sails away from him, his sadness as he fishes his ruined boat out of the river. This book is great for discussing emotions with children and why the boy feels a certain way.
The limited colour palette really works well and it is what brings the images to life. The brightly coloured yellow of the boy’s jacket and the pink and blue that features on his boat contrast perfectly against the greys of the weather and the setting. You can even make a paper boat of your own in readiness for your own adventures following the instructions at the front of the book.
Recommended for 5+.