Song of the River

Gecko Pr. Aug. 2019. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781776572533.
K-Gr 3–Cam is a young mountain boy who longs to see the sea. One day, he spots a trickle of water running along the snowy forest floor. In a soft voice, it beckons him to follow it to the sea. Cam happily obliges and as the journey continues, the trickle turns into a creek, which runs into a waterfall, which leads to a stream, which flows into a river and leads to the sea. The journey is eye-opening and exciting, full of new people and places. Cam is on the adventure of a lifetime. When he finally returns to his mountain home, he marvels that he never knew that his tiny trickle is actually the beginning of the sea. Well suited for elementary-aged students, this is a beautiful picture book that tells the story of how various bodies of water come together and eventually lead to the ocean. Readers will learn a lot as they observe the way that the landscape changes as the water moves through the mountains to a town, on to a wharf, and then to the sea. The illustrations are rich and exquistely display how fertile the land is becasue of the gift of the water.
VERDICT The descriptive language draws readers in and envelops them in the story. A perfect choice for young naturalists and budding scientists interested in the water cycle

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