The creator of Lost Lake and Tree of Cranes presents a deceptively simple story--characteristically serene in both text and illustrations--about a boy's fantasy fishing excursion with his uncle. Ages 5-8. Mar.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3 Rainbow trout, rejoice. A River Dream joins Nathan's Fishing Trip Scholastic, 1988 in the genre of anti-killing-fish picture books. When Mark is home sick, Uncle Scott, Mark's fishing buddy, sends him a box for trout flies. A dream sequence begins as Mark opens the box and the flies flutter out the window. A river appears, and a boat, and Mark finds Uncle Scott fishing just around the bend. But Uncle Scott lets his fish go, saying he ``likes to leave the river the way he found it.'' Then it's Mark's turn, and he catches a great rainbow trout, which he also throws back, echoing his uncle's words. Back in bed his fever breaks, and he sleeps. The spacious, quiet, and peaceful full-page watercolors create a dream-like mood, with shimmering, watery reflections. The affectionate relationship between Mark and his pipe-smoking uncle is deftly portrayed. The book may contribute to some intense discussions about why people eat animals. Leda Schubert, Vermont Department of Education, Montpelier
From the Publisher
"A softly wrought story with significant content." Booklist, ALA
Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937. He dreamed of becoming a cartoonist from the age of six, and, at age twelve, apprenticed himself to his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei. For the next four years, Say learned to draw and paint under the direction of Noro, who has remained Say's mentor. Say illustrated his first children's book -- published in 1972 -- in a photo studio between shooting assignments. For years, Say continued writing and illustrating children's books on a part-time basis. But in 1987, while illustrating THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (Caldecott Honor Medal), he recaptured the joy he had known as a boy working in his master's studio. It was then that Say decided to make a full commitment to doing what he loves best: writing and illustrating children's books. Since then, he has written and illustrated many books, including TREE OF CRANES and GRANDFATHER'S JOURNEY, winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal. He is a full-time writer and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon.