Besides the sea, on Mr Peffer's place, there lived a cow, a donkey, a sheep, a pig, and a tiny little mouse. One warm sunny morning for no particular reason, they decided to go for a row in the bay...

The cow who tilted the boat, the donkey who balanced her weight, the pig who stepped in at the side or the mouse, lightest of all – do you know who sank the boat? This book is an excellent choice if you would like to explore water displacement with the children.

This could lead into projects on investigating the best ways to get into a boat or even building model boats and trying out how much weight these can carry and how it can be distributed.

We love that the story hinges on the underlying laws of physics, of which the children are often already aware. Books like this help us talk about these laws and research them with the children so that they become more conscious of them and gain a deeper understanding.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Paw Prints 2008-05-09; Reprint edition (9 May 2008)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Age : 0-4y
  • Pages : 32
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 159 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 1.27 x 22.86 x 18.42 cm

 About the Author

Pamela Allen is a phenomenon in the world of children's literature. For more than thirty-five years her picture books have enchanted generations of children around the world, and have garnered a glittering array of awards and commendations including six Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, two New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, an International Board on Books for Young People Diploma for Illustration, the Margaret Mahy Medal, New Zealand’s most prestigious award for children’s literature, and most recently The Gaylene Gordon Award for a Much Loved Book from the Children's Literature Foundation of New Zealand.

Pamela's books are full of the music of language; they are 'fragments of theatre', designed to be read aloud and shared between an adult and a child. Patch Theatre Company of Adelaide has now created three theatrical performances from a selection of Pamela’s books. These have toured throughout Australia since 2007; 2014 saw the first tour through New Zealand. All have performed to packed houses.

‘From Pamela Allen's first publication in 1980 it was clear that here was a creator of picture books with all the glow, gesture, din and dance to capture the attention, engage the imagination, teach, show, tickle and excite small children.’ Meg Sorensen, Australian Book Review