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Flying Fish

When my husband and I were sailing, we often saw flying fish leaping out of the water as they tried to escape from predators. When there were storms, we sometimes found waves had thrown flying fish onto the deck. One morning when the sea was nice and calm, I was very surprised to discover one […]

Sail, Sail, Sail Your Boat Sail, Sail, Sail Your Boat

Adapted from ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’ by Susea, Sail, Sail, Sail Your Boat is a fun song about A Big Blue Boat.

The Anchor

The anchor is an important piece of equipment on a boat. It locks into sand or mud and stops the boat from floating away. After long weeks at sea, it’s lovely hearing the rattle and clang as the anchor races towards the seabed. The anchor on Lesley’s illustrations in ‘A Big Blue Boat’ is called […]

Where Do You Get Your Food?

Before we leave port, we head to the shops. We buy enough fruit and vegetables to last the journey. We buy enough meat to last two weeks. We store the food in a fridge. We don’t have a freezer, so we have to eat the meat quickly. When we have eaten all the meat, it’s […]

Feather Stars

Yesterday, I discovered the most amazing sea creatures I have ever seen. They are called Feather Stars. Live Diet Can grow up to Scientific Name Eaten by ? Plankton 31cm Crinoidea Fish and mooches Feather Stars are the closest thing alive to walking plants! Their bodies are so small that they are difficult to see. […]

Lionfish

I love Lionfish. We were really lucky to see one swimming next to Gratis when we were visiting the island of Rodrigues. Live Diet Can grow up to Scientific Name Eaten by 10-15 years Fish, crustaceans (like shrimp), and molluscs 38cm in length Pterois volitans moray eels, tiger groupers, blue-spotted cornet fish and some sharks […]

Why Is The Toilet Called The Head?

How the toilet came to be called the Head is a really interesting question. I had to do a bit of searching to find the answer. About 600 years ago, the front of the boat was called the ‘head’. No-one knows the exact date when the word ‘head’ was used to mean the toilet. Early […]

Writing Fun

In this writing fun activity, trace, write and colour the Captain and A Big Blue Boat. Two free activity sheets to download and print. For more literacy fun click here For the A Big Blue Boat Activity Book click here

What’s It Like Being An Author?

What’s it like being an author? It’s lots of fun. I love playing with words and it’s one of the best things about writing. Sometimes the words don’t want to play, so I put the story away until they do. Visiting children at schools and libraries is another great thing about being an author. I […]

Big Blue Boat Potato Prints 2