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With every step, this gentle journey brings us to a deeper and more unique connection with nature. Phyllis Root's mesmerizing text, together with Jim Meyer's outstanding woodblock prints, makes the very heart of the forest come alive and reveals that if ...
With every step, this gentle journey brings us to a deeper and more unique connection with nature. Phyllis Root's mesmerizing text, together with Jim Meyer's outstanding woodblock prints, makes the very heart of the forest come alive and reveals that if you are patient and quiet, sometimes what you are seeking will, in the end, find you.
Describes all the wonders of nature that the reader might see when setting out to find a caribou on an island in Lake Superior.
Posted November 12, 2004
Root and Meyer have created an enchanting, exquisite and extraordinary picturebook flawlessly blending poetry and art. Root selects an island in Lake Superior as the destination of a journey to locate a caribou. She uses free verse in a gentle, tender manner, which carries the the reader to a tranquil woodland area and elevates the journey to the level of a quest. The author's voice is in the second person, which adds a mystical quality to her words, 'If you want to see a caribou/you must go to the place where the caribou live.' Her tone is reverential, 'If you are quiet/and if you wait,/the caribou will come.' The setting for this endangered species is almost sacroscant evoking the images of the hallowed remains of a long dead caribou. Meyer displays his suberb talent using color woodblock print. Every once in a while a very special book passes our way and this is surely one. It is a highly recommended purchase for both school and public libraries. It should be at the very top of selection priority lists. Also recommended for individual purchase.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.