River
River
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Catalog Number: #194531
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Hot Title Hot Title
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 1-338-31226-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-338-31226-3
Dewey: E
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
A woman travels the length of the Hudson River by canoe in Cooper's (Train, 2013) latest, a 12-inch-square picture book."Morning, a mountain lake. A traveler, a canoe." Cooper's text is spare in style yet detailed and lengthy: Paragraphs on each spread compete with pencil-and-watercolor illustrations that alternate among double-page panoramic landscapes of impressive views, smaller scenes against white space, and miniature vignettes of the faceless traveler in motion. The 300-mile solo journey itself begins with a question: "Can she do this?" A rock rises out of the water—no, "a moose." There are rapids to brave, thunder, cold, a bear cub to avoid, a dam around which to portage (such vocabulary is made clear in context), and many more challenges to face. There are also the peaceful joys of "paddling, sketching, eating, camping, paddling again," friendly faces at stops along the way, and the assurance that "she is strong, and she knows what she's doing." The myriad details about the journey will interest slightly older, outdoorsy children interested in adventure and travel. At the conclusion of this beautiful book, when the water-weary traveler ends her journey in the arms of her loved ones, ready to turn her sketches and words into paintings and a story, readers will feel they have traveled a journey themselves, and they just may wonder if they would ever have the strength, endurance, bravery and know-how to undertake such an endeavor themselves.Expansive content impressively and beautifully presented. (author's note, note on the Hudson River, sources, further reading, map) (Picture book. 6-12)
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 3 Cooper loves to take children on experiential journeys, which he did so expertly in titles such as Train , Farm , and Beach . This time the excursion is on a mighty riverthe Hudsonand the conveyance is a canoe. The book opens with a womanthe solo travelerwaving goodbye to her family and setting off from the headwaters of the river in the Adironacks on a 300-mile trek to New York Harbor. Such an ambitious outing takes extensive training and careful planning, but this woman is up to the task and there's no better way of appreciating the river ecosystem than this kind of up-close and intensely personal observation. Cooper captures it all in his gloriously expansive and fluid pencil and watercolor artwork in vignettes and full-bleed spreads. The woman's days consist largely of "paddling, sketching, eating, camping, and paddling again." She spots a variety of wildlifemoose, otters, mergansers, eagles, sealscrashes through a series of rapids, portages around a dam, and follows the locks at a waterfall. With each day's progress downriver, the countryside shifts from farmland to villages and larger towns. The woman has to think fast, takes her lumps in a squall, and paddles on until she reaches the city, and reunites with her family. Beyond her bragging rights, she has exhilarating stories to share and fond memories to hold onto, until her next adventure. VERDICT A marvelous vehicle for nature lovers, armchair travelers, and aspiring boaters and explorers. Luann Toth, School Library Journal
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A woman travels the length of the Hudson River by canoe in Cooper's (Train, 2013) latest, a 12-inch-square picture book."Morning, a mountain lake. A traveler, a canoe." Cooper's text is spare in style yet detailed and lengthy: Paragraphs on each spread compete with pencil-and-watercolor illustrations that alternate among double-page panoramic landscapes of impressive views, smaller scenes against white space, and miniature vignettes of the faceless traveler in motion. The 300-mile solo journey itself begins with a question: "Can she do this?" A rock rises out of the water—no, "a moose." There are rapids to brave, thunder, cold, a bear cub to avoid, a dam around which to portage (such vocabulary is made clear in context), and many more challenges to face. There are also the peaceful joys of "paddling, sketching, eating, camping, paddling again," friendly faces at stops along the way, and the assurance that "she is strong, and she knows what she's doing." The myriad details about the journey will interest slightly older, outdoorsy children interested in adventure and travel. At the conclusion of this beautiful book, when the water-weary traveler ends her journey in the arms of her loved ones, ready to turn her sketches and words into paintings and a story, readers will feel they have traveled a journey themselves, and they just may wonder if they would ever have the strength, endurance, bravery and know-how to undertake such an endeavor themselves.Expansive content impressively and beautifully presented. (author's note, note on the Hudson River, sources, further reading, map) (Picture book. 6-12)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Two children, accompanied by their father, wave as their mother sets off to travel 300 miles down the Hudson River on her solitary adventure. In the evenings, the woman writes and draws in her sketchbook, detailing her exploits after setting up camp for the night. Caldecott Honor Book creator Cooper offers short descriptive paragraphs that encapsulate the striking beauty and harrowing challenges she encounters. "The moon climbs up among the stars. She is alone, but not. The river stays beside her, mumbling to her and to itself all through the night." Evocative watercolor illustrations show differing perspectives and vary from tiny vignettes to large double-spread paintings offering many details while remaining soft-edged. The woman paddles by numerous animals including otters, a bear cub, cows, a moose, and an eagle. She passes under various types of bridges on her journey and notices many different kinds of boats in New York Harbor. Though she faces many challenging situations pids in a narrowing of the river, biting black flies, a strong wind that capsizes her canoe, and a tugboat that creates waves that endanger her and her small vessel e survives them all to rejoin her family at home. An author's note, sources, and information about the river round out this beautiful book.
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

Caldecott Honor winner Elisha Cooper invites readers to grab their oars and board a canoe down a river exploration filled with adventure and beauty.

In Cooper's flowing prose and stunning watercolor scenes, readers can follow a traveler's trek down the Hudson River as she and her canoe explore the wildlife, flora and fauna, and urban landscape at the river's edge. Through perilous weather and river rushes, the canoe and her captain survive and maneuver their way down the river back home.

River is an outstanding introduction to seeing the world through the eyes of a young explorer and a great picture book for the STEAM curriculum.

Maps and information about the Hudson River and famous landmarks are included in the back of the book.


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