Sinbad and the Raft

One of the many tales of Sinbad the sailor that Cengage commissioned me to illustrate as part of their children’s book publications. 

©Gregory Baldwin 2021

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Then, as though that thought wasn’t terrifying enough, up ahead a huge whale rose out of the water and crashed back down. It made a thunderous sound and sent water spraying high into the air.

Sinbad and the Raft

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A humble porter had become a regular visitor to his house. The porter rose early to make sure he had finished his deliveries by dawn. He wanted to arrive at Sinbad’s house in time to enjoy a lavish feast with the famous sailor and his guests. However, it wasn’t just the food the porter enjoyed. He looked forward to the time after they had eaten breakfast, because this was when Sinbad would tell another of his exciting adventures.

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“The fog was so thick,” he wailed, “I didn’t realise how far off course our ship had strayed. I have no idea where we are, in these uncharted waters! Pray that we will all be saved.”

Sinbad and the Raft Children's Book Illustration
Sinbad and the Raft Children's Book Illustration

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As I gratefully drank from the stream, I wasn’t surprised to see the bed of the stream lined with pebbles. However, I was amazed to discover that the pebbles were mixed with rubies and other precious stones!

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“The fog was so thick,” he wailed, “I didn’t realise how far off course our ship had strayed. I have no idea where we are, in these uncharted waters! Pray that we will all be saved.”

©Gregory Baldwin 2021
©Gregory Baldwin 2021

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My mind was dulled by hunger and the memory of my journey through the dark cave, and I began to wonder if I was awake or dreaming.
Then, one of the strangers spoke. “How did you manage to reach us from the other side of the great mountain?” he asked. “No one has ever made that journey before!”

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Soon I found myself at the palace in front of the king. The farmer explained how I had survived a shipwreck, built a raft, travelled through the mountain and arrived in a field. The king the mountain and arrived in a field. The king was most impressed and asked me lots of questions.

©Gregory Baldwin 2021
©Gregory Baldwin 2021

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The gifts the king had sent him were of the finest quality. The most spectacular was a huge ruby carved into the shape of a cup. Inside, it was decorated with glimmering pearls.
The caliph was extremely grateful. He opened the sealed letter and when he read it, his expression changed to one of amazement.

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“The fog was so thick,” he wailed, “I didn’t realise how far off course our ship had strayed. I have no idea where we are, in these uncharted waters! Pray that we will all be saved.”

If you are interested in commissioning Gregory to illustrate your next children’s book or magazine, he would be delighted to hear from you.
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title:Sinbad and the Raft
publisher:Cengage
use:Children’s Literature
©Gregory Baldwin 2021