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Stimulate your child's interest in sailing with one of these books, great sailing gifts!

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A great introduction to sailing for young children and their parents.

Merlin's voyage
Welcome on board Merlin for some amazing sailing adventures! Merlin is a curious catamaran, home of a family with young kids sailing from South Africa to Australia, via the Atlantic, the Caribbean Islands and the Pacific. Join us and discover the high seas, the underwater wonders, the islands delights and extraordinary sunsets. Cast off and enjoy the dreams!
Little Rat Sets Sail by Monika Bang-Campbell, Molly Bang (Illustrator)
From Publishers Weekly
This mother-daughter team presents a chipper early chapter book starring a likable young rodent whose parents sign her up for sailing lessons. Little Rat is hardly happy about this: "She was scared of the water./ She was scared of falling in./ She was scared of falling in/ even with her life jacket on." From the start, an ill wind blows; her life jacket is a different style from everyone else's, she is terrified of sailing solo in the prams that look like bathtubs ("how could a bathtub possibly float?") and she knows that in the dark ocean lurk jellyfish, slimy eels and "big icky blobs of seaweed." Little Rat's amiable instructor, Buzzy Bear, comes to her rescue, inviting her to sail with him in a larger boat while he teaches her sailing terms and tactics. Readers learn right along with her, and a carefully labeled sailboat helps aspiring sailors get their bearings. Predictably, the more the heroine learns, the less she fears, and on the last day of sailing class the diminutive sailor proclaims herself "a brave Little Rat" who just might sail solo next summer. Buoyant and brightly hued, Caldecott Honor artist Bang's (When Sophie Gets Angry Really, Really Angry) pictures subtly convey the growing confidence of this endearing heroine. A breezy junket for aspiring skippers and confirmed landlubbers alike. Ages 6-9.
Sarah's Boat: A Young Girl Learns the Art of Sailing by Douglas Alvord (Illustrator)
Reviewer: An Amazon.com Customer
I read this this book to my 4-year old daughter, Sarah. She loves it, and has learned some important sailing concepts from it. We are building a live-aboard sailboat, and have been very concerned about child safety. After reading _Sarah's Boat_, we find her playing sailboat in the back yard, coming about and ducking the imaginary boom! She has been able to stand on a beach and judge the direction of the wind, and predict whether we could take a straight course to the opposite shore, or whether we would need to tack. She gleans this knowledge from what she considers a bed time story. I wish there were more books like this!
The Little Sail Boat by Lois Lenski
Book Description
Mr. Small is a sailor in this maritime adventure! Captain Small and his dog Tinker sail and fish together. When a storm comes, Captain Small heads for the safety of the shore. A comforting, nostalgic story full of information about sailing.
Sailing Home: A Story of a Childhood at Sea by Gloria Rand, Ted Rand (Illustrator)
Reviewer: Roz Levine from Virginia
Meet the Madsen family, Father, Mother, Albert, Dagmar, baby Ena, and our narrator, Mathilda. They lived aboard a four-masted sailing ship, captained by their father, that carried cargo all over the world in the late 1800s. As Mathilda tells us, their accommodations were luxurious, large bedrooms, fine furnishings, and even a marble fireplace in the main saloon, and their life aboard ship was rich with adventure and full of fun. "Unlike most homes, our didn't stay put. At night, the ship kept moving, so every morning we woke up far away from where we'd gone to sleep." They had the huge deck for play, a menagerie of pets, including a pig, kangaroo, mongoose, and monkey, astronomy lessons by night, and geography lessons as they sailed the world by day. Theirs was a unique and fascinating life, and when in port they always wanted to know, "When do we sail? When are we going back out to sea?" Gloria and Ted Rand have authored an intriguing and informative story, based on entries from the journal kept by Ena and her father, Captain Madsen. The engaging text is gripping and full of emotion, and beautifully enhanced by Mr Rand's expressive artwork. Together, word and art pull you into the story, and transport you to the high seas and another time and place. With an afterword and photo gallery to complete and personalize the story, Sailing Home is an amazing and entertaining book that's perfect for youngsters 7-10, or as a read-aloud story the entire family can share.
Dear David,
Thank you for noting "Sailing Home: A Story of a Childhood at Sea" in your sailing book section of your website. Sailing Home is the story of my great grandparents, Captain and Mrs. Mads Albert Madsen, along with my grandfather, and great aunts. You may also want to reference the official John Ena website. It has been referenced by schools, sailing museums, and boat clubs around the world.
Our family is quite proud of the work Gloria and Ted put into this book. The story is taken directly from the ships journal written by Captain Madsen.
Sincerely,
Robert (and Sherrie) Madsen
Great grandson

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