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The Boy Who Held Back the Sea by Lenny Hort
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The Boy Who Held Back the Sea

by Lenny Hort

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I like this book for its illustrations, plain and simple. I enjoyed the simple retelling of the classic tale, but it was Thomas Locker's epic landscapes that did it for me here. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
This is th Dutch version of the boy who cried wolf. Jan is always trying to arouse concern about enemy soldiers and sea monsters, so when he claims dam is leaking, no one believes him, though the constable tells him to go back and that he will follow with help. Jan goes back alone and puts his finger in the dike, but no help comes. Someone comes by and goes for help, but unfortunately he isn't believed and is arrested for disorderly conduct. Finally in the early morning the schoolmaster wanders by.

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  Anthony2013 | Feb 8, 2013 |
This is about a little boy who lies to his mom about where his going but it turns out he actually finds out that ( )
  lpeal | Nov 9, 2010 |
This book is good for children first to third grade. Jan is perceived as being a bad boy, but after he saves the town from drowning they realize he's not. This book is good to show kids that even the most unlikely can do acts of kindness and bravery.
  KristinWhite | Apr 7, 2009 |
The Dutch version of the boy who cried wolf -- illustrated with oil paintings suggestive of 17th century Dutch landscapes. Jan is always trying to arouse concern about enemy soldiers and sea monsters, so when he claims dam is leaking, no one believes him, though the constable tells him to go back and that he will follow with help. Jan goes back alone and puts his finger in the dike, but no help comes. Someone comes by and goes for help, but unfortunately he isn't believed and is arrested for disorderly conduct. Finally in the early morning the schoolmaster wanders by.
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Question: is this a well-known story in Holland? Or does it derive from Mary Mapes Dodge? Is it an American myth about Holland?
  UWC_PYP | Jun 17, 2006 |
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Hort, Lennyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dodge, Mary Mapessecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Locker, ThomasIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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By blocking a leaking hole in the dike, a young boy saves his town from destruction.

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