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Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley

Boats for Papa

by Jessixa Bagley

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Buckley and Mama missed Papa. Buckley built boats and wrote to send to Papa. He thought the boats weren't coming back to shore because they were reaching Papa. In reality, Mama would go collect them from the shore once Buckley went to sleep. When Buckley finds the rest of his boats, he knows that Papa never received them, so he wrote the last one to his Mama. He was thankful for all his Mama did for him. ( )
  kmparnell | Sep 26, 2017 |
This book is about a little Beaver. The beaver loves to make boats. He sends them on the water to his father. His father is out at sea or dead..After a year he finds out that his mom has been collecting the boats.
  rainablu | Aug 7, 2017 |
Little otter makes boats to send to his father not realizing that his mother has been collecting them when they come back from the sea
  step36 | Jun 11, 2017 |
Even though this story never explains where Buckley's papa actually is, we see that Buckley still cares and thinks about him. This story contains a strong lesson about appreciating those who care for us. When Buckley discovers that his boats have not been reaching his papa, but have been returning on the tide to be collected by his Mama, he considers her effort and makes his gifts about her instead.Good for lessons about learning to do something better each day as well.
  williamlong33 | Jun 11, 2017 |
This book deals with loss. Buckley has lost his Papa. On special occasions he sends his Papa boats out in the ocean. When they don't come back, he knows they reached him. One year after sending his first boat, he realizes he has forgotten to attach a note to the boat. When he goes inside to get paper he sees his mother has all of the boats. On the last boat he addresses it to Mama instead of Papa. They are always there for each other.
  mercedeslillian | Mar 18, 2017 |
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Buckley and his Mama live in a cozy cabin by the ocean. He loves to carve boats out of the driftwood he finds on the beach nearby. 
He makes: big boats, long boats, short boats and, tall boats,
each one more beautiful than the last, and sends them out to sea. If they don't come back, he knows they've found their way to his papa, whom he misses very much. 
In this stunning debut, author/illustrator Jessixa Bagley explores the subtle and deep emotions associated with loss in a heartwarming tale that is sure to stay with the reader long after the book is closed.
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Buckley and his mother cope with the loss of their father/husband by sending small wooden boats, built by Buckley, off into the ocean.

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