A review of Zoe’s Boat in Books for Keeps talks about, among other things, friendship:
'This book tells young readers much about friendship’ and that ‘adventure can bring danger and risk’. Books for Keeps
But it doesn’t mention Zoe’s attachment to stuff – ‘all her special things’ which are washed away during her adventure at sea.
However it was the ‘special things’ and their loss that most affected a six year old reader who said rather solemnly, “There must be a moral.”
Well, I didn’t mean to imply a moral but, on reflection, living as we do in austerity times, it might be a comfort to know that friendship is worth more than just stuff.
One day I’ll have to do a sequel for my six-year-old friend and restore all Zoe’s belongings. Perhaps by then austerity will have ended too.