Driftwood Days

Eerdmans. Oct. 2019. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780802853707.
K-Gr 3–A single piece of driftwood can lead a complex and varied existence. One autumn day, a young boy observes a beaver in a river near his home in the mountains. When a branch breaks free of the beaver’s dam and floats down the river, the story follows its path. Seasons change along the branch’s journey, as it is stopped by a boulder and is frozen throughout the winter, then makes its way out to sea. Finally, it returns to the shore in the summer, completing a cycle that has transformed it from a simple branch to a piece of driftwood that has been worn smooth by its travels. Each word in this story is chosen to create a wonderfully vivid, poetic framework for the branch’s adventures. These select phrases work in tandem with richly detailed illustrations, providing a story that appeals to readers’ eyes and ears. The beautifully designed pages capture the movement and purpose of this branch as it makes its way from one location to the next. An author’s note at the end of the book details the importance of driftwood and what is being done to protect this natural resource.
VERDICT Readers of all ages will enjoy the beauty and elegance intrinsic to this story about how a single branch can be so much more.

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