Synopses & Reviews
"The subject takes the reader over the globe and provides room for imagination to aid history in vitalizing the period. The beauty of the illustrations gives the book distinction." Horn Book
"The subject takes the reader over the globe and provides room for imagination to aid history in vitalizing the period. The beauty of the illustrations gives the book distinction." Horn Book Guide
The history of America at sea is presented through the travels of Seabird, a carved ivory gull.
About the Author
Born in Jackson County, Michigan, in 1900, Holling Clancy Holling graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1923. He then worked in a taxidermy department of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and spent time working in anthropology under Dr. Ralph Linton. During this period, he married Lucille Webster and within a year of their marriage accepted a position as art instructor on the first University World Cruise, sponsored by New York University. For many years, Holling C. Holling dedicated much of his time and interest to making books for children. Much of the material he used was known to him first hand, and his wife, Lucille, worked with him on many of the illustrations.
Table of Contents
Ivory gull -- Vision in the snow -- Smart traders --Ivory bird soars -- Seabird learns about whales --Nantucket sleighride -- Gallopin' fishpole -- Fin out --Cutting in -- Cleaning ship -- In the Captain's cabin --Islands in the sea -- Changing years --Timber, sticks, and string -- How to stop a full-rigged ship -- Shifting shadows -- Lines, winds, and waves -- Good luck and bad -- Sea is an enemy --Sea is a friend -- Magic can be spun from simple things-- Age of sail dies slowly -- Some people grow to be machines -- Matter of bridges -- Old birds find new wings -- Three partners inspect a new ship --Sailing of ships.