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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play

The Ship of Fortune

by (author) Olivier de Solminihac

illustrated by Stéphane Poulin

Simply Read Books
Initial publish date
May 2021
Imagination & Play, General, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 18
  • Grade: k to 12


A book that will make us reminisce about summers past and dream of a great summer in 2021.

When Michao and his friends arrive at the beach for a day trip, they open the car trunk to find...nothing. Michao forgot to pack their swimsuits and all the beach toys! But there’s still a way to have fun: using their imagination to build a ship and sail it far, far away.

About the authors

Olivier de Solminihac was born in 1976 in Lille and lives in Dunkirk, France. To write his children’s books he doesn’t look for inspiration in his own childhood. He prefers to take the road to far away places where everything is strange and surprising. In another life he might prefer to be an anthropologist. He’s the author of more than a dozen children’s books as well as novels and poetry for grown ups.

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Stéphane Poulin is a Canadian children’s book author and illustrator. In 1984, as he was completing his studies in graphic arts at College Ahuntsic, he won first prize for children’s illustration in the Communication-Jeunesse contest. His numerous awards include the Canadian Council, the Elizabeth Cleaver Award, and The Boston Globe Award of Excellence. Stéphane still resides in Montreal, where he divides his time between illustrating children’s books and pillow fighting with his family.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Ship of Fortune:

"Highly Recommended. How do you make something from nothing? With your imagination! That’s the delightful message Olivier de Solminihac delivers in the English translation of his inspiring picture book, The Ship of Fortune. Originally published in French in 2014, the playful text is brought to life beautifully through the appealing and skillfully-wrought paintings by Canadian multi-award-winning artist, Stéphane Poulin. The book features three characters of different species, with no explanation offered, given, nor needed, because family groupings are made up of all sorts of people.
This whimsical tale is perfect any time to inspire children to use their imaginations. It’s even more appropriate for Covid times, when excitement about the lockdown became old quickly. Montrealer Stéphane Poulin’s vivid acrylic paintings show the beauty of a seaside beach. The sun is bright on this summer day, the sea beyond is vast and blue, the whitecaps inviting. The characters are intriguing, Poulin’s representation of their feelings subtle. Like Rembrandt’s 1633 etching, “The Ship of Fortune”, we can choose our adventures. De Solminihac has captured the essence of that lesson in this happy tale brought to life on the page by Stéphan Poulin’s beautiful interpretations." — CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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