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The Shore Beyond
     

The Shore Beyond

by Mary Joslin
 

Can-do girls. Inquisitive girls. Despite their long braids and flowing skirts. Clara and her friend Miriam need to know what happens on the other side of the lake where Clara's father rows every morning. And what goes on down river. And what happens beyond the ocean's breakers. And, finally, how to reach the golden point where gleaming ocean and sun-brushed sky

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Can-do girls. Inquisitive girls. Despite their long braids and flowing skirts. Clara and her friend Miriam need to know what happens on the other side of the lake where Clara's father rows every morning. And what goes on down river. And what happens beyond the ocean's breakers. And, finally, how to reach the golden point where gleaming ocean and sun-brushed sky meet. Restless to discover what lies just out-of-reach, Clara finally gets to co-pilot her father's ferry boat to the distant shore. Too hard work and too boring a job, she pronounces when she realizes her first wish. Undeterred by choppy waters and miles of swirling river, Clara is ready for more adventure, drawn by greater unknowns. Even when Miriam finds a new home--and satisfaction--Clara wants to go on, to a place that will make my spirit dance. She turns to an old sailor who has been everywhere. He doesn't teach her how to row, as her father did, or how to make her own boat, as Miriam did. But he tells her what to watch for and how to travel. Clara's urgent longing finds a match in the sailor's mysterious, but knowing, intrigue. Soft paintings throughout are as full of wonder as the text. They capture the pastoral and the world of watery edges, the secure and the vastly unknown beyond.

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A philosophical picture book about the discovery of one's journey in life. As a tiny child, Clara's imagination beckons her to explore. When she is old enough, she assists her father by rowing his ferry across the lake, but she longs to go beyond this point. So, through the long winter evenings, she and her friend Miriam each make a tiny coracle, a woven willow boat. In the spring, they venture down the river to discover what lies further on. Eventually, they arrive at a town where Miriam decides to settle down and work with a basket weaver, but Clara travels on. She meets a fellow traveler who offers advice. "You may choose to be a traveller, or you may choose to settle down," he says, "for your life itself is the journey." Soft, luminous paintings, rich in greens and blues, depict life in rural England in the mid-1800s. This gentle story will work well for one-on-one sharing.-Karen Land, Greenport Public School, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561483167
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Edition description:
NO AMER
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 10.13(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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