Beneath the Bridge

Beneath the Bridge

by Hazel Hutchins, Ruth Ohi
     
 

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When a young boy launches a tiny paper boat downstream, he wonders about the adventures it will have on its voyage. The little vessel sails past goggling frogs and hovering insects, houses and stores along the shores, roads and railways, and eventually into the shadows of giant ships. Though the big river becomes a dangerous place for the boy’s small boat,

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When a young boy launches a tiny paper boat downstream, he wonders about the adventures it will have on its voyage. The little vessel sails past goggling frogs and hovering insects, houses and stores along the shores, roads and railways, and eventually into the shadows of giant ships. Though the big river becomes a dangerous place for the boy’s small boat, there are enough helpers on the water to send the vessel on its way. The paper ship is safely passed from canoe to river boat and finally to the crew of an ocean liner. “Someday I’ll follow, just to see,” thinks the boy, “but for now it sails for me.” Hazel Hutchins has created a rhythmic and moving tale that runs gently through Ruth Ohi’s detailed and dynamic illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In this beautifully illustrated book, a little boy launches a paper boat in a stream. From there it travels to the sea after passing many things. The boy does not mind his boat getting away since it can have all sorts of adventures for him. Written in rhyme, this book is great for story time or bedtime. It is a pleasure to read aloud. The words flow, and the rhythm bounces along. Each page builds on the preceding. By the end everything the boat has seen repeats in the text. The repetition occurs consistently enough that children will want to join in the chant. The illustrations add to the text. Besides the items specifically mentioned, the boat also passes additional people and objects. The people are a mix of races and ages consistent with the modern North American city shown. The people are involved in a wide variety of activities, most of which are not cataloged in the text. Many additional animals also appear in the pictures. The pictures provide a jumping off point for dialogue between the reader and the child, since the two can discuss the added details. 2004, Annick Press, Ages 2 to 5.
—Madeline Smoot
Resource Links - Kathryn McNaughton
The rhyming text is charming, and perfect to read aloud... captivating illustrations.
Canadian Materials - Pat Fay
Hazel Hutchins and Ruth Ohi have done it again! Highly Recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550378597
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/04/2004
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 Years

Meet the Author

Hazel Hutchins is a master of compelling stories for young people. She has written more than twenty-five books for children and has won numerous awards, including the Mr. Christie's Book Award, the Silver Birch Award and inclusion in the White Raven Collection of the International Youth Library in Munich.

Ruth Ohi has illustrated many of Hazel Hutchins's picture books. Her joyous, sensitive, and humorous illustrations are familiar to families all over North America. This is Ohi's thirty-second book with Annick Press.

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