The Wreck of the Zephyr

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Houghton Mifflin, 1983 - Juvenile Fiction - 31 pages
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At the edge of a cliff lies the wreck of a small sailboat. How did it get there? "Waves carried it up in a storm," says an old sailor. But is it possible that waves could ever get that high? There is another story -- the story of a boy and his obsessive desire to be the greatest sailor, the story of a storm that carried the boy and his boat to a place where boats glide like gulls high above the water and not upon it. Chris Van Allsburg tells that story of the boy and his boat, the Zephyr, in words and haunting, full-color pastel paintings. His sailboats sail the night sky with the stars in pictures so vivid that the reader can almost hear the wind in the sails. Here is a work of unusual artistry that will enchant readers of all ages for many years to come.

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Love the illustrations. - Goodreads
I found it to be bland, and the plot to be uneventful. - Goodreads
I love the haunting quality of van Allsburg's writing. - Goodreads
I definitely loved the pictures and details the most. - Goodreads
The only part I liked was the ending. - Goodreads
Brilliant illustrations. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Beth - Goodreads

This is a beautifully illustrated story about a boy who is obsessed with showing that he is the best sailor ever. He sails into a storm that takes him to a place where boats sail through the skies high above the water. . . Read full review

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Comparison is one of mankind's greatest boons; it drives us to compete and improve ourselves, but also leads to disdain and envy of others. A young boy who's aptly never named sets out to prove that ... Read full review

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Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 1982, Jumanji won the National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.

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