Paddle-To-The-Sea

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An Indian boy carves a little canoe with a figure inside and names him Paddle-to-the-Sea. Paddle's journey, in text and pictures, through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean provides an excellent geographic and historical picture.

A young Indian boy carves a canoe and travels through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The text and pictures provide an excellent geographical and historical picture of the region. Caldecott Honor...

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Overview

An Indian boy carves a little canoe with a figure inside and names him Paddle-to-the-Sea. Paddle's journey, in text and pictures, through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean provides an excellent geographic and historical picture.

A young Indian boy carves a canoe and travels through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The text and pictures provide an excellent geographical and historical picture of the region. Caldecott Honor Book.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Holling's Caldecott Honor book, first published in 1941, finds a new life in Bregy's reading. With a voice that ranges from smooth and lilting to excited and energetic, Bregy helps listeners follow the informative and sometimes dramatic adventures of a toy-sized Indian figure and canoe carved by an Indian boy in Canada. Wishing he could make a grand journey himself, the Canadian boy carves the figure he names "Paddle-to-the-Sea" and sets him on the snow near a river that will eventually carry him to the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River and, ultimately, the Atlantic Ocean. The trip is not easy-Paddle faces peril in the form of wild animals, the elements, saw mills, fishing nets and a shipwreck among other things. But luckily, anytime Paddle happens to go off-course, someone reads the message carved on his canoe ("Put me back in water. I am Paddle-to-the-Sea") and helps him continue his travels. Younger listeners will be inspired by the image of a toy embarking on such a fascinating and dangerous voyage; many adults will appreciate the tribute paid to nature and the geographical tidbits included here. A top-notch family listen. Ages 7-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From The Critics
"Geography of the best kind made vivid by the power of imagination."
Children's Literature
Paddle-to-the-Sea tells the story of a young Indian boy who lives in Nipigon and the toy he carved from wood. The small figurine depicts an Indian seated in a Canoe. When the great ice storm melts in his hometown, a river of melted snow and ice will flow down to Lake Superior and other cities and carry the small toy along with it. The young boy makes this toy so that it will carry out the adventures that he would not be able to have. He lovingly names the sculpture "Paddle." The boy wishes he can accompany Paddle, but he must stay at home and help his father with work. The tale goes on to describe encounters that Paddle has with different places and with the animals of those places. The illustrations in the story give great detail as to what the different scenery looks like as Paddle travels along on his adventures. Once Paddle comes in contact with a family of beavers that live farther down the river. Their home, which is a small dam, has caused the river to form a pond and Paddle gets stuck. But finally, the water breaks the dam and the river can continue to flow, sending Paddle on his way. This is a fun, adventurous story with very colorful and detailed illustrations. Any young child would enjoy reading about the exciting experiences Paddle has, and enjoy looking at the pictures of different kinds of places and wildlife. 1980 (orig. 1941), Houghton Mifflin,
— Megan Stanley <%ISBN%>0808551515
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Holling's Caldecott Honor book, originally published in 1941, will surely find a new audience with this dramatic reading. Narrator Terry Bregy delivers an exceptional performance. His cadence ranges from smooth and easy to energetic, and listeners are lead along on the story's journey. A young Indian boy from Nipigon country in the Canadian wilderness carves an Indian figure in a 12-inch canoe that he names Paddle-to-the-Sea. Wishing that he could undertake a journey to the Atlantic Ocean, the boy sends the toy carving instead. Paddle-to-the-Sea begins on a snow bank near a river that eventually leads him to the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and finally the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, Paddle's journey is fraught with danger including wild animals, saw mills, fishing nets, and a shipwreck. Paddle receives help staying on course from people who read the message carved on his canoe ("Put me back in the water. I am Paddle-to-the-Sea"). Four years later, Paddle has reached his destination, and listeners have experienced an incredible story complete with geography, nature, drama, and adventure. Original music accompanies the reading and adds to the mood. A notable listening experience for families, public and school libraries alike will value this addition to their audio collections.-Shauna Yusko, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780727823
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/28/1980
  • Series: Sandpiper Books
  • Sales rank: 646,711
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Jackson County, Michigan, in 1900, Holling Clancy Holling graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1923. He then worked in a taxidermy department of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and spent time working in anthropology under Dr. Ralph Linton. During this period, he married Lucille Webster and within a year of their marriage accepted a position as art instructor on the first University World Cruise, sponsored by New York University. For many years, Holling C. Holling dedicated much of his time and interest to making books for children. Much of the material he used was known to him first hand, and his wife, Lucille, worked with him on many of the illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2007

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    I read this book years ago (1982) and remember it as if it were yesterday. In third grade (1974) I had the priviledge of viewing the film in school - and both book and film are fantastic! One describes and one shows, the scenic areas of Canada, the five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River and into the Atlantic Ocean. Both book and film also describe and show all of the adventures along the way. A great tale that should be revived!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Highly recommend

    My five year old son was introduced to this book over the summer. I got it for him and we've read it several times. We decided to have it be his birthday present for friends this year since we liked it so much!

    I love the geographical nature of the books especially since we live in Wisconsin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2009

    This is one of the great children's books of all time.

    This is a book that I read as a child and 62 years later, have never forgotten. So far, my children and grandchildren have read this book and have loved it as I did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    Paddle-to-the-Sea

    Have you ever wanted to learn about the world and other people beyond where you live? In the book Paddle-to-the Sea, a Caldecott Honor Book in 1942 that is just what a young boy from Nipigon country in the Canadian wilderness yearned to do, but he knows he must stay home and help his father. So, he carved a twelve inch canoe with a wooden model of an Indian inside it and calls it Paddle-to-the-Sea then frees it to undertake a journey to the Atlantic Ocean in his place. Traveling through all five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River, Paddle-to-the-Sea four years later reaches . . . . . Get ready for a great adventure and learn what happens to Paddle-to-the Sea along the way and see all the historical pictures and the natural of science wrapped up in this unforgettable story read it for yourself. Children will enjoy hearing and reading about the exciting adventures and enjoy the colorful and detailed illustrations. The author and illustrator Holling C. Holling was born in Jackson County, Michigan in 1900. For many years, Holling C. Holling dedicated much of his time and interest making books for children. His wife Lucille Webster Holling works with him on many of the illustrations in his books. Other books you might enjoy by this author: Seabird, Tree in the trail and Minn of the Mississippi. Holling C. Holling, Paddle to the Sea, Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1969

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2006

    Paddle-to-the-Sea

    The story is about a young Indian boy who lives in Nipigon and how he carved a toy boat from wood. The toy boat he names 'Paddle' is about to flow down Lake Superior after a great ice storm melts. The boy knows that even though he has to stay at home, Paddle will have great adventures. The illustrations show different scenery as Paddle travels down the river. This story is very colorful and has detailed illustrations. Children will enjoy hearing and reading about the exciting adventures that Paddle has, and will enjoy the different pictures that show the places he has gone.

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