Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley


Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley

Buckley and his Mama live in a cosy 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 heart-warming tale that is sure to stay with the reader long after the book is closed.


Heartbreaking and hopeful, innocent and wise, a gentle story about healing and finding connection-both in the past and present. Kirkus, starred review The pacing is exquisite as Buckley absorbs and reacts to this information, recognizing and expressing love in return. These two will persevere in the tender journey of life. Reassuring, consoling, and lovely. Booklist, starred review The only thing better than this title for anyone who has experienced loss is the redemptive nature of time. School Library Journal, starred review A deeply empathic story with an accomplished sense of place. In beautiful tones of blue and brown, she immerses readers in the coastal world where Buckley and his mother are trying to make sense of their lives. Publishers Weekly, starred review

About the Author

Jessixa Bagley is an author and illustrator originally from Portland, Oregon. She spent many days in her childhood combing the Oregon Coast for the perfect sand dollar. Now, she lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband in a castle in the sky. Boats for Papa is Jessixa's first picture book.

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40 pages


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Publication date

3rd July 2015



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