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Amos the mouse and Boris the whale: a devoted pair of friends with nothing at all in common, except good hearts and a willingness to help their fellow mammal. They meet after Amos sets out to sea in his homemade boat, the "Rodent," and soon finds himself in extreme need of rescue. Enter Boris. But there will come a day, long after Boris has gone back to a life of whaling aAmos the mouse and Boris the whale: a devoted pair of friends with nothing at all in common, except good hearts and a willingness to help their fellow mammal. They meet after Amos sets out to sea in his homemade boat, the "Rodent," and soon finds himself in extreme need of rescue. Enter Boris. But there will come a day, long after Boris has gone back to a life of whaling about and Amos has gone back to his life of mousing around, when the tiny mouse must find a way to rescue the great whale.The tender yet comical story of this friendship is recorded in text and pictures that are a model of rich simplicity. Here, with apparent ease and concealed virtuosity, Caldecott medalist William Steig brings two winning heroes to life....

Title : Amos and Boris
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ISBN : 9780812462647
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Amos and Boris Reviews

  • Roya
    2018-11-26 16:46

    A book that has been read to me countless times, I can proudly state that I no longer cry whenever I read this. Nowadays I simply wish that we all had friends like Amos and Boris.

  • Ronyell
    2018-12-06 22:55

    I have been reading William Steig’s works ever since I was little and now I have just recently read his most heartwarming book yet, “Amos and Boris.” “Amos and Boris” is a children’s book by William Steig which is about a small and adventurous mouse named Amos who finds a friend in a huge whale named Boris when Amos was lost at sea and Boris saves his life. “Amos and Boris” is truly a beautiful children’s book that will be an instant favorite among children for many years!Oh my goodness! I have to catch my breath here! When I mentioned that this book is simply breathtaking, it really took my breath away! William Steig has certainly done an excellent job at both writing and illustrating this story about the importance of true friendship. What I loved the most about William Steig’s writing is his ability to use extremely advanced words but makes those advanced words flow beautifully with the story and also making the story sound so exotic. I also loved the theme of friendship in this book as Boris and Amos are truly inseparable friends as they would do anything to help each other out in their troubling situations and I loved how Amos and Boris kept on telling each other that they will never will forget each other, no matter how different they are from each other. William Steig’s illustrations are simply beautiful, especially of the images of Amos sailing out into the ocean and you can see the stars in the sky and a beautiful view of the blue ocean and the large grey whales sprouting water from their breathing holes. My favorite images in this book are of the ones where Amos is seen riding on Boris’s back as they truly look like the inseparable pair that the book beautifully promotes.Parents need to know that this book might be a tad bit too long for smaller children to handle, so probably the best solution to this problem is if the parent reads one half of the book on the first day and then read the second half of the book the next day so that way, smaller children would be able to keep up an interest in the book.All in all, “Amos and Boris” is a true classic that you should not put down and anyone who wants to learn about the true meaning of friendship can definitely check this book out! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the length of this book might bore smaller children.I like to thank my Goodreads friend, Kathryn, for recommending me this book! It was worth reading!!!Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  • Kathryn
    2018-12-13 22:40

    I loved this book! It's one of those that defies review, because I can't quite put into words what touched me so deeply about this. It's a tale of an unlikely friendship, between an adventuresome mouse and a whale who finds him when his little ship is wrecked. They learn from one another, and the friendship opens their eyes to things in the world they would never have noticed on their own. Others may not be so touched by the ineffable warmth and wisdom I felt in this tale, but for me it's a treasure.

  • Lisa Vegan
    2018-12-15 15:38

    Oh, I can’t believe this gem of a book has been available for nearly 40 years and I’m finding it (thanks to Goodreads’ friend Kathryn) only now. I just loved it.This is the story of an adventurous mouse, and he gets into trouble on his ocean voyage and meets up with a whale. Amos the mouse and Boris the whale have a lovely friendship, including helping one another in each of their times of need. It’s a very sweet friendship story. Both mammals, one living on land and one living in the sea, each have a lot to share with one another, and they both have such kind hearts.The illustrations are wonderful. I thought that every single one of the pictures inside was better than the cover illustration. The whale and the mouse are wonderfully depicted, as are the ocean waves, the boat, the animals at the end, the beach, and everything else.This is a wonderful story for children of all ages, all types of read-aloud situations, and also fine for independent readers to read themselves.Gift worthy. In fact, I wish I’d known about this one just recently when I bought a new baby gift.It’s a very special book.

  • Tyler
    2018-11-29 23:02

    This is a really sweet little book from William Steig, one of the best authors of children's literature ever. His prose is full of little gems of language (my favorite is when he describes a beached whale as being "breaded with sand"); this is perhaps the only picture book to use the word "phosphorescent." His illustrations stick with a simple color palette made up mostly of blue, orange, and brown, nothing showy but tremendously effective, especially in some of the panoramic pictures. I don't even want to talk about the story, which swims along with the determined quality of a fable, not a single word out of place, only to destroy me every single time with those two final sentences. Updated thoughts, October 10, 2013: I think about this book all the time, and upon much consideration I feel no hesitations in naming this as one of the very few Perfect Books out there.

  • Jess
    2018-11-22 21:47

    Didn't know until later, though maybe I read too much into it, that this was an allegory for a friendship I had (the friend being the one who gifted me that book in the first place). Its about adventure and taking risks and finding friends. Its silly and lovely and still makes me a bit weepy at the end.

  • Negin
    2018-11-21 16:40

    One of our favorite books ever. I cried pretty much every time I read this to to my children. Beautiful story.

  • Shiloah
    2018-12-15 23:04

    We just loved this book about friendship!

  • Jan
    2018-12-12 17:48

    I read this book with the 3rd grade class I worked with this week. It's short, but definitely gets its message of love, friendship, and loyalty across in those few pages. I'll admit the ending got me a bit verklempt (choked with emotion). Great story to read aloud to grades K-4, but hopefully if you do, you won't be as emotional as me when reading the ending!

  • Simon Joseph
    2018-12-11 19:53

    William Steig was enthusiastically recommended to me years ago by a relative, for my children, and we now have a number of his books. One of my favourites is Amos & Boris, where an industrious little mouse sets off on an intrepid voyage across the sea, with unexpected results. The mouse (Amos) builds himself a boat, studies navigation, and then stocks it up with all kinds of useful provisions, including a compass, sextant, cheese, biscuits...and a needle and thread for mending torn sails! However, one night, while lying on the deck after a successful start to his voyage, he is so swept away by the beauty of the night sky and the majesty of the universe, that he rolls off the boat and into the sea. Luckily, a whale (Boris), comes to his rescue, and in the long journey to shore they become close friends. They discover many things about one another, including the surprising revelation that they are both mammals. After a heartfelt parting, they expect never to see one another again, but years later, Boris happens to be washed ashore by a hurricane on the same beach where he left Amos. The mouse comes to his rescue, cleverly enlisting the help of some friendly elephants who luckily happen to be nearby, and they roll the whale back into the sea.Steig's illustrations are beautifully crafted, and he does a wonderful job of conjuring up the feelings of the characters, whether it is the reflections of the mouse early in his voyage ("He was full of wonder, full of enterprise and full of love for life") or the whale's feelings at the touching final farewell at the end ("He looked back at Amos on the elephant's head. Tears were rolling down the great whale's cheeks.")Amos & Boris functions on many levels. It includes some interesting references about life on the sea, it explores the nature of the two animals and it is also a heart-warming story about the meaning of friendship. It's quite funny as well!

  • Anna
    2018-11-15 17:06

    This is a nice story in and of itself, but it is so damn long that young children will be looking for something else to do about 1/3 of the way through.

  • Josiah
    2018-12-12 17:02

    What business do a whale and a mouse have becoming friends? None, some would say; yet Amos and Boris together somehow form one of the truly beautiful friendships in the recent history of literature. Their connection is one of symbiotic ponderance, in which they talk with each other about their mutually exclusive habitats and, linked together, see the majesty of the world around them through eyes that neither has on his own. Amos, the mouse, meets Boris, the whale, under far less than ideal circumstances, the former having rolled off his boat in the middle of an exploratory sea voyage, and now languishing in the sea as his tiny body tires in the massive expanse of salt water. Boris surfaces beside Amos just when his strength has ebbed to near empty, and saves the mouse's life, and neither one will ever forget what comes about as a result of that happenstance. When Amos is able to unexpectedly return the favor to his friend many years later, the reunion between the old friends is truly something for the reader to cherish in his heart, and the eventual parting of the duo is bittersweetly touching to an extent that one just doesn't find in very many picture books. Then again, William Steig is the master.Amos & Boris is memorable and compelling in every way, capturing the essence of unorthodox friendship and demonstrating why it can be so sweet. The language is uncommonly beautiful for a story of its brevity, and the characters are thoughtfully fashioned. I would recommend this small jewel for any sensitive and receptive reader.

  • Dolly
    2018-12-13 22:46

    This is a wonderful tale of friendship and karma. The two friends, Amos and Boris, meet by chance and form a friendship for a lifetime, even though Amos must live on land and Boris must live in the ocean. Another chance encounter strengthens the bonds of their friendship. I picked this out because of my Dad and I love the fact that the story is as old as I am. We have enjoyed other stories by William Steig - we loved Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and read it over and over. We also really enjoyed Brave Irene. We will certainly look for more stories by this author at our local library.

  • Jeremy
    2018-12-01 16:54

    This was very good. I loved part where Amos is enchanted by the beauty and mystery of the world: "One night, in a phosphorescent sea, he marveled at the sight of some whales spouting luminous water; and later, lying on the deck of his boat gazing at the immense, starry sky, the tiny mouse Amos, a little speck of a living thing in the vast living universe, felt thoroughly akin to it all." Amos is "[o]verwhelmed by the beauty and mystery of everything."At one point, Amos contemplates death and heaven. Boris saves Amos's life, and Amos is able to save Boris's life too (a little deus ex machina / unrealistic, but it's a talking mouse to begin with, so...).

  • Amber
    2018-11-29 15:44

    I think one of my favorite children's books ever. The adventurous rat's boat sinks while he's sailing the world--he's saved by a whale and they spend time together and make friends while the whale takes him to shore on his back. They have a sad goodbye, but a few years later, the whale washes up on shore and the rat has the opportunity to save the whale's life. A great story about unlikely friendship!

  • Sarah
    2018-11-14 17:48

    This classic picture book details the friendship of Amos, the mouse, and Boris, the whale. Amos is sailing the great blue ocean when he falls overboard and is rescued by the giant friendly whale, Boris. During their journey back to Amos' home, they become good friends - finding much to admire and respect about each other. They part with Amos promising to help Boris someday, too.

  • Lesley Looper
    2018-11-30 21:01

    This is one of the sweetest childen's stories ever! Two unlikely friends in Amos and Boris end up helping each other out, one in the ocean and the other on land. The story is really charming, and the illustrations are very cute. There's a nice lesson in this book for children, but it'll make adults smile too!

  • Shannon
    2018-12-05 17:05

    Sweet re-imagining of The Lion and the Mouse, but including a story of friendship (I get the impression that although the Lion and Mouse helped each other out and respected each other, they weren't really close pals).

  • Anna
    2018-11-14 19:47

    Another classic -- the relationship of two unlikely mammals- a mouse and a whale, filled with adult vocabulary and fabulous illustrations telling the age of tale of how friends can help each other, regardless of size or outward appearance.

  • Melissa Jackson
    2018-12-08 18:00

    I just read this delightful book to my godson and may have been more entertained than he was. The language is beautiful and the story wonderfully unique and touching. We both adored it. Read this to your children, asap.

  • Beyond the Pages
    2018-11-18 22:57

    This story was so beautifully done. I appreciated the simplicity and the artful word play. It was very moving.

  • Caitlin
    2018-12-08 17:03

    Dangerous book to read out loud, I get teary eyed just thinking about it

  • Annika Kruse
    2018-11-25 20:45

    Amos and Boris by William Steig is about an unusual friendship between a mouse and a whale. The mouse sets sail to the great vast ocean but finds himself stranded in the ocean. A huge whale comes along and saves him by returning the mouse back to his home by the beach. Thinking they will never see each other again, both are saddened. Many years later, hurricane Yetta strikes and strands the whale on the same beach the mouse happens to live on. The mouse jumps into action to save the whales life. This book is for higher readers but can be read as a class and used for character traits, details, main idea, and opinion writing.

  • Katy
    2018-12-08 16:00

    Children's books have a way of conveying a wonderful message in a simple, understandable way. William Steig has the perfect touch in conveying these important life messages!Amos is a mouse in a boat (The Rodent!) who is thrown overboard when a huge wave rocks the boat. Boris is the whale who saves him...and takes him to land off the West Coast of Africa. They develop a long-lasting friendship on this journey. But neither think Amos will be able to ever repay his debt.The last two lines of the story resonate with me. To paraphrase: They doubted they would ever see one another again, but they knew they would never forget each other.

  • Rosa Cline
    2018-12-02 16:38

    This book was written in a time when storybooks were just that; storybooks. It tells a story of the friendship of a mouse and a whale. How two unlikely mammals came together and how each saved the others lives years apart. But how each held the other in their heart as their best friend.

  • Kathryn Bergeron
    2018-11-22 20:52

    Summary: Amos goes to find his fortune at sea, but when things go wrong, who will save him?Why I Read This: It was recommended by a friend.Review: It was cute. It reminded me of Aesop's Fables. It seemed a little bit long-winded for the content.

  • Jenniferpawlik
    2018-12-12 14:47

    This was recommended by one of the teachers in the class I am teaching. It's a very sweet story about an unlikely friendship. It is an awesome example of precise language and emotional appeal.

  • Stephanie
    2018-12-12 17:39

    Wonderful story in the vein of The Lion and the Mouse or The Ant and the Elephant.

  • Kbay Princess
    2018-12-10 18:04

    I love this book we read it At school

  • Leslie
    2018-11-25 21:44

    So sweet. Beautiful vocabulary.