From the Publisher:
Fish and herons, turtles and dragonflies, beaver lodges and lily pads—a multitude of wonders enchant the child-narrator, her loving grandpa and any other nature lovers along for the ride in this tender, beautifully illustrated picture book. Baby ducklings ride their mama’s back; an osprey rises with a silver fish clutched in her talons; a loon cries in a star-flecked night. Rhythmic, rhyming quatrains carry the story forward in clean paddle strokes of evocative imagery.
A young girl goes canoeing with her grandfather and they explore the lake ecosystems near their lakeside cabin. Rich illustrations and descriptive rhyming text showcase the adventurous day. The girl and her grandpa chase frogs, watch an osprey catch fish, among many other events. This would be a wonderful story to read before bedtime or quiet time with its soothing language. It ends with the girl falling asleep amidst stars reflecting on the lake. The illustration and description made me feel as if I was there with them in the canoe. This story clearly showcases Canadian lake life (but is non-specific and relevant to all lakes) and would be an excellent addition to a home, pre-school or kindergarten library as a read-aloud.
- rhyming quatrains
- rich soothing language
- detailed colour illustrations
- progression through the day – morning to evening. The night pages with the reflections on the lake are especially soothing and magical
Why/How Use it with kids:
- ask your child: how many of the animals from the book have you seen in the wild? What ones were missing from the story?
- create a lake scene using crayons or felts or lego or found items like driftwood, sticks, moss, etc. for mixed media
- create a story of an adventure in another eco system (i.e. desert, forest, field, ocean, etc.) and act it out or draw it
- discuss how the lake ecosystem is different or similar to where you live