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The Raft

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    I have had this book for a few years now and its just wondeful t

    I have had this book for a few years now and its just wondeful to read. Just an inspiration about finding joy in the things we take for granted. My kids love the story and ask to read it often.

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

    Proven to be Inspiring!!!!

    I checked this book out at our local library to read to my four year old son Ethan. The little boy on the cover reminded me of him amongst all the animals and it had an adventurist feel to it. I read it to him one afternoon and when we finished he said, "Mama, let's play this book". Meaning build a raft out of paper and draw animals on it,set up a cabin out of lincoln Logs,get out all of his little plastic animals and a little guy that acted as the boy Nicki from the book. Thank you to the author for writing such a sweet and inspiring book. We love it and are going to order our own copy to add to our home library for our two boys.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    Beautifully Illustrated Book Cherished by Children of All Ages

    Jim LaMarche has woven a sweet special story about a young boy's summer on the river. One day at a time, the boy discovers himself and the joys of life on the river. The story flows as gently as summertime and the river itself. The Raft if a beautifully illustrated treasure, and will be cherished by children (and adults) forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2003

    Two thumbs up from third graders!!!!

    I read this book to my third graders as we read books for the Georgia Children's Choice Book Awards. As a class, we voted on each book. This one won a unanimous 'two thumbs up' in our class!!! The students LOVED the way the author described each scene, and they commented that the pictures are worthy of a Caldecott Award. This is one book that I will add to my permanent classroom library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2001

    Beautifully Illustrated and Beautifully Written

    I purchased this book for my 5 year old son as a bedtime story. It was mesmerizing! My son asked for me to read it again the minute we got to the end. It is a wonderful story about intergenerational relationships, and about the appreciation of nature. The illustrations are simply beautiful. I bought several more copies of this book to give as birthday presents because I wanted to share it so much with others. This book is a treasure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000


    I was introduced to this book during a work shop at the local University which I attend. We were able to look at 2000 Picture book releases and of the 200 or more titles that I examined, The Raft, was absolutely out-standing!! I hope others feel the same way! The soft, fuzzy lovable animals drew me in immediately, and being the mother of two boys, I related to Nicky's distress at being left with his Grandmother for the summer, fearing that dreaded word, BOREDOM! How surprised he was to discover the magical, peaceful world surrounding the river! Many of us in the workshop found ourselves there with him, or atleast wanting to be there! It is most touching to see the connection between the sketches by his grandmother at the beginning of the book, and those of Nicky toward the end of the book. I was touched by the friendship that developed between Nicky and his Grandmother during the course of the story and by the gradual maturity that Nicky is able to obtain. I was most touched by his kind and tender rescue of the fawn. This is truly a book about the comming of age and should be read and enjoyed by both boys and girls and men and women of all ages!

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