the Very Adventurous Ferry
A 3-5 children's book by Rozy Abra
Illustrated by Andre Ellis
town ferry with a chip on it's shoulder'.
Published by Not Very Limited
You may not know this,
unless you visit Cornwall regularly enough, but Freddy is the name of
the very famous Flushing Ferry that plies it's way from the sleepy town
of Falmouth to the comotose village of Flushing, across the harbour. It
probably gets pretty boring going back and forth each day and with luck
he gets a side trip to St Mawes or Frenchman's Creek thrown in for variance.
But these are pretty tame journeys in safe waters. Freddy is bound to
be jealous of the fishing boats that go out in all weathers to all waters
and the Scillonian - a vast boat that keeps the Isles of Scilly supplied
with everything it needs.
And this is the
wonderful premise of Rozy Arbra's first kids book. A small town ferry
with a chip on it's shoulder. It looks at the Scillonian and wonders
- is this a ferry like me? and the other ferries mock his pretensions.
'Not like you Freddy, she's a proper ferry, she's sea-going ferry, you
couldn't do that'.
slipped away, feeling very sad.
He felt ashamed, he said to himself . 'What kind of ferry can I be -
if I am too small to go to sea?'
And so begins the
adventure of Freddy the Ferry. He decides to go to the Isle of Scilly
himself and this proves to be a very big adventure indeed.
Freddy is a metaphor that young children everywhere, nevermind in Cornwall,
would understand easily. Every kid wants to grow up fast, every child
wants to be bigger, smarter, older, better than what they are and Freddy
is no different.
Of course Freddy
can be useful. When he sneaks out of Falmouth harbour to go out onto
the high seas one day he manages to rescue two kids in trouble, swimming
too far out to sea. But soon, Freddy's own luck runs out and he himself
is stranded out on the big rolling sea in a big storm.
Freddy is designed
to be used by new readers and the text is grouped accordingly and of
course can be read aloud to kids who will then enjoying staring at the
cute Andre Ellis drawings. Andre Ellis is a popular artist in Cornwall
and already this book is proving to be a collectors item. If you want
to get hold of a copy you'll have to visit or order from one of the
fine bookstores in Cornwall such as the Falmouth Bookseller or Ottakars
Rozy Abra is a travel writer and this is her first young readers book
Andre Ellis is a local Cornish artist.
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