Raven and River

Raven and River

by Nancy White Carlstrom, John Van Zyle
     
 

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Raven and River leads young readers on a fantastical journey with a raven across the icy Alaska landscape on the verge of spring. Along the way, the raven’s sonorous cry wakes a cast of sleeping woodland creatures, including a bear, a beaver, a hare, and a squirrel—all of whom join him in imploring the still-frozen river to melt and thereby

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Raven and River leads young readers on a fantastical journey with a raven across the icy Alaska landscape on the verge of spring. Along the way, the raven’s sonorous cry wakes a cast of sleeping woodland creatures, including a bear, a beaver, a hare, and a squirrel—all of whom join him in imploring the still-frozen river to melt and thereby initiate the change of seasons. Packed with information and featuring vibrant full-color illustrations by Jon Van Zyle, Raven and River brings to life these two important harbingers of Alaska’s spring.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
Alaska residents will appreciate this book more than anyone else will because they've seen endless winters and heard the gurgling, watery cry of ravens. Carlstrom uses terse yet poetic language, heavy on internal rhymes, to show river ice breaking up and animals' celebration of springtime. Van Zyle, a popular Alaska painter, has some trouble depicting animals, but his use of cool blues, grays and lavenders give an authentic northern feel to his snowy landscapes.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3The beauty and majesty of nature is brought to life in this dramatic, richly descriptive picture book. Bold, realistic views of wildlife blend wonderfully with a lyrical, poetic text. The story follows a raven as it travels along an Alaskan river announcing the arrival of spring across the still-frozen landscape. As the bird flies along, it passes over other woodland creatures, including a squirrel, a bear, and a beaver. Each animal adds its voice to the raven's, asking that the ice covering the river melt and allow for the season's change to begin. The naturalistic acrylic paintings are the perfect complement to the spare, onomatopoetic narrative. One painting shows a close-up of a snowshoe hare bounding forward, directly toward readers. It is a compelling reminder that these are wild animals, not the fluffy, friendly creatures that often inhabit children's picture books. A fine choice for story hours devoted to nature or the seasons.Melissa Hudak, North Suburban District Library, Roscoe, IL
Kirkus Reviews
A writer (Let's Count It Out, Jesse Bear, 1996, etc.) and an artist who live in Alaska create a powerful and beautiful read-aloud set in their region.

Raven "swoops out of winter into spring," a sculptured black shape against the snow, to "wake the sleeping River." That refrain follows a red squirrel, ruffled grouse, wolf, snowshoe hare, bear, and beaver as each animal moves, in its way, into the spring: awakening, running, yowling. The River responds as the ice melts, and the final, gorgeous panel shows Raven above a free-flowing river and land touched with green. The richly painted acrylics delineate the animals and the Alaskan landscape, giving them character without any show of sentimentality. The text appears in a strong, elegant typeface on the full-page, full-bleed illustrations. A fine piece of natural history (an author's note is included) with a mythic edge.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316128940
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.53(w) x 10.57(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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