Hudson River: An Adventure from the Mountains to the Sea

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Here is a fascinating day-by-day account of the author's 315 mile canoe trip down the Hudson River, from the Adirondack Mountains, where the river is born, to New York City's Battery Park, where it empties into the sea. Full-color photographs plus a simple and lively text give young readers the feel of shooting white water, gliding through the mountainous Hudson Highlands, and, finally plowing the busy waters off the shore of Manhattan. Throughout the trip Peter Lourie serves as a thoughtful and ...
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Here is a fascinating day-by-day account of the author's 315 mile canoe trip down the Hudson River, from the Adirondack Mountains, where the river is born, to New York City's Battery Park, where it empties into the sea. Full-color photographs plus a simple and lively text give young readers the feel of shooting white water, gliding through the mountainous Hudson Highlands, and, finally plowing the busy waters off the shore of Manhattan. Throughout the trip Peter Lourie serves as a thoughtful and intrepid guide to one of America's great rivers.

The author takes young readers on a 315-mile canoe trip down one of the great rivers of North America, from its source in the Adirondack Mountains to the tip of Manhattan, where it empties into the sea. Features more than 50 full-color photographs. Full color.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
The author spent three weeks traveling the length of the Hudson River, from its wild, mountainous beginning at Lake Tear of the Clouds, past rapids, farmlands, castles and palisades, to its wide busy mouth in downtown Manhattan, where the mountains are replaced by skyscrapers of glass and steel. Throughout the 315-mile trip, the author shares pertinent geographical, historical and scientific information, including environmental concerns relating to the Hudson. Attractive, full-color photographs and a simple map add to the appeal and usefulness of this nonfiction picture book.
Children's Literature
Author Peter Lourie recounts his 315-mile canoe trip down the Hudson River from its Adirondack Mountain source to Manhattan's Battery Park, where the river empties into the sea. The journey is highlighted by more than 50 full-color photographs. From the river, readers can view the mountains, farmlands, castles, cities and other sites the author encountered during his three-week journey. A nice source of geographical, environmental and historical information about the Hudson River area. 1998 (orig. 1992), Boyds Mills Press. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Julie Eick Granchelli
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-- Lourie recounts a 315-mile canoe journey from the headwaters of the Hudson to New York City. Each page is liberally illustrated with good quality full-color photographs; those of the locks at the Champlain canal are particularly effective due to the unusually low vantage point of the canoe. Only one map is included, and readers must continually flip back to it to monitor the author's position and progress. The information on the history of logging on the river is interesting, but in general, the photographs provide more impact than the rather lifeless text. For an overall sense of the vastness and variety of the river, Thomas Locker's Where the River Begins (Dial, 1984) is more compelling but has no information. George Ancona's excellent Riverkeeper (Macmillan, 1990) focuses mostly on the job of the riverkeeper and his monitoring of pollution. Lourie's effort fills the gap in geography and sports collections. --Kate Hegarty Bouman, Susquehanna Valley Junior High School, Conklin, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563977039
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: River Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 835,974
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.04 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author


Peter Lourie is the author of Amazon: A Young Reader's Look at the Last Frontier from Boyds Mills Press and Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon: A Chronicle of an Incan Treasure. He lives in the Hudson River town of Beacon, New York.
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