Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Paddle to the Sea

I was thrift store shopping last week and I stumbled upon something that reminded me of Paddle to the Sea.  I was immediately taken, and at 95 cents decided to bring it home. I thought the boys could paddle him around our little swimming pool.
 If you've never seen the film, you should make a point to watch it.  Paul even remembers watching it in his elementary school.  It's only 30 minutes, about a wooden hand carved boat's journey down a river to the sea.  I watch it, and I feel at peace.  It just draws you in.  Even the boys love to watch it - which is interesting since it isn't exactly high adventure compared to most kids' movies.

Sadly, our Paddle to the Sea didn't fare too well.  Even after I taped up the holes at the bottom (which I hadn't noticed in the store), he collapsed to the side.

Oh dear.  Well, maybe our Paddle to the Sea was meant to be a garden whirligig?

This post linked with Outdoor Water Play series at JDaniel4sMom. 

35 comments:

cat said...

Maybe you can tape a few pennies to the bottom on the side that is upright. When you get the weight balanced, the boat will stay upright. Paddle to the Sea is one of the books that we used for a unit study when I was homeschooling a 5th grader. I didn't even know it was a movie.

Buttons said...

Oh I remember this story yes that was a great buy even lying on its side. B

andy said...

Hey that looks very cool to play with! !!!

EM Illustrator said...

Looks like a cool thing, too bad it wouldn't stay straight though. I haven't heard of this story, sounds interesting.
Have a great day!

Nancy Claeys said...

Time to bring in the plastic Coast Guard toys. :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the comments people have left!

I hope you will link this to my waterplay link up!

The Incredible Woody said...

I have never even heard of Paddle To The Sea. I'm going to have to look it up!

Melodie said...

I missed Paddle to the Sea too.I will have to look for it.

Jill said...

I don't remember ever hearing of this story. I will have to look for it.

Barbara said...

I remember this from when I was younger. It's too bad he wouldn't stay up right. He is great nonetheless!

CFolder said...

The book, by Holling C. Holling, is one of our family's favorite stories--the illustrations and writing are magical and take you on an amazing journey. I remembered having it read to me as a child and we read it to our child...very special.

TexWisGirl said...

you made me laugh with the whirlygig. :)

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I have some vague notion that I've seen that, but can't be sure. I'll have to look it up. It does sound calming.

Out on the prairie said...

It reminded me of a toy in Toy Story.I will have to look up the film.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Haven't seen that movie. Love the little guy that you found!

SweetMarie said...

What a FUN find and great price!

Karen said...

I've never heard of it!... and I love your whirlygig,which is what I think it was intended to do.

alissa apel said...

I love random finds like that.

We went to an Asian grocery store last weekend. I went in just to look at the different foods.

I came out with panda snacks and ceramic soup spoons. My oldest is having a Kung Fu Panda party. I thought the panda snacks were perfect little giveaways for our guests. They have cute small ceramic plates. I might go back to get some.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Well darn that he's not a water fellow! I like it anyhow. :)

Jen said...

Hahaha!! Oh boy, maybe that's why it was such a steal ;)

warren said...

You could drop a huge keel thinga-ma-bob on there to keep it upright. Anyhow, never heard of the movie so I will check it out!

Sally said...

I'd wager to say not many would have noticed the holes in the bottom. But, what a cute little thing while it lasted. :)

Michaele said...

Well...you tried...
The pool looks refreshing!

Terri Buster said...

Oops, overload, overload! I haven't heard of this movie, I'll have to google it.

Madge Bloom said...

Lol... at least you tried and for 95 cents you weren't out much...

Valerie said...

I've never seen that movie, but it sounds like one I would like-in fact I think Amy and Stuart would like it too.

Perhaps your little paddler would rather be snorkeling? ;) He would make a cute garden whirligig!

Lin said...

Bummer! I have a feeling he was meant for paddling air and not water anyway.

:(

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Lisa, Sorry about your "Paddle to the Sea"... I'll bet with some creativity, you can fix him so that he can continue to float upright around the swimming pool....

I'm too old since I've never heard of that movie..... Sounds neat though.
Hugs,
Betsy

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Paddle to the Sea, sounds like a nice journey- but I have never heard of it.
But,,, I will look it up and read it!
love
tweedles

cat said...

Can you twist one arm so that both paddles point downward? That would even the weight so it wouldn't fall over.

My Journey With Candida said...

Well darn! I hate when things don't work right. Did you try to call or email the company? They might send you one that works.

Jackie said...

I've never heard of the story! I'll have to check it out.

I love thrift stores... there are so many treasures that you can find!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That's "paddle and sputter and sink to sea!" How funny!
I have to find that video now...

Julie R said...

I remember watching this movie in elementary school. It was one of my favorites! Hope you can figure out a way to make the canoe pool-worthy.

Sandy said...

I have never heard of the movie. I will have to check it out. Looked for it on Netflix and didn't see it.