the boy in the paper boat BY BASAB GHOSH ILLUSTRATED BY LEYLA MUTLU
Once upon a time, there lived a boy called Jack. Now, little Jack was very fond of boats. His favorite pass time had become folding papers into boats. Any kind of paper, Jack could fold it into pretty boats. Be it newspapers, magazine paper, wrapping papers.
One day, Jack made the most beautiful boat he had ever made. The paper he used, had a shiny texture. There were words written all over it. He folded the paper into the most magnificent boat. The sail of the boat, was truly the biggest and the tallest of all Jack had seen on a paper boat. Upon being done with it, little Jack put the paper boat on the table next to his bed and went to sleep.
As Jack slept, he woke up in the middle of the night. Strange noises filled Jack’s ears. All of them were coming from the little paper boat. Soon, the paper boat had a paper crew and a captain. Jack could hear the captain scream orders. “Let loose the stern lights.” Then the captain yelled again,“Sailors, prepare to sail.”
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Little Jack shot out of his bed and said, “Hey where are you going with my boat?” “Climb aboard,” the captain told the boy.
And then, Jack realized that his room had turned into an ocean and his boat was about to set sail. After Jack stepped into the boat, the paper boat swiftly slid on the water and slid across the bedroom. Soon, the paper boat had found its way onto the main road, just across the supermarket. As the paper boat sailed, Jack saw the world whizz by.
“Do you think we could sink after the boat becomes soggy?”To which the captain smiled. Then he said, “Oh no, my boy. This boat is made out of the toughest material for the paper boats!
When Jack turned he saw the deadliest looking boat approach. A huge boat with big yellow sails. Jack could see the paper pirates swinging their swords.
A fierce battle took place. Alongside the sailors, Jack fought bravely! Like a true hero Jack fought. And when the pirate boat sunk with many holes, the sailors and Jack yelled â€œHooray, we won!â€?
Soon after, Jack and the paper boat went back to Jackâ€™s bedroom. There Jack wished the sailors a good luck and went to sleep.
Unfortunately, Jack never met the paper boatâ€™s captain and sailors again. Although, he kept the boat by his bed each night thereafter. All in the hopes, that some day, he might wake in the night and have another adventure.