As a boy, Carl Dahl built a boat trading the skills he did have with those who could do the work he could not.
Carl wanted a flat bottomed pound boat. "A boat could take him / where the quiet was filled / with water and sky." He collected planks from the Lake Superior shoreline. He traded his strawberry picking skills so Mr. Torvald would cut the planks. He traded with others, until Dad gave him oars. The smooth verse creates no tension. It merely advances events. The uninspiring mood is repeated in the well executed, but misty illustrations.