When a young boy launches a tiny paper boat downstream, he wonders about the adventures it will have on its voyage. The little vessel sails past goggling frogs and hovering insects, houses and stores along the shores, roads and railways, and eventually into the shadows of giant ships. Though the big river becomes a dangerous place for the boy’s small boat, there are enough helpers on the water to send the vessel on its way. The paper ship is safely passed from canoe to river boat and finally to the crew of an ocean liner. “Someday I’ll follow, just to see,” thinks the boy, “but for now it sails for me.” Hazel Hutchins has created a rhythmic and moving tale that runs gently through Ruth Ohi’s detailed and dynamic illustrations.
|Publisher:||Annick Press, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||8.25(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.12(d)|
|Age Range:||5 Years|
About the Author
Hazel Hutchins is a master of compelling stories for young people. She has written more than twenty-five books for children and has won numerous awards, including the Mr. Christie's Book Award, the Silver Birch Award and inclusion in the White Raven Collection of the International Youth Library in Munich.
Ruth Ohi has illustrated many of Hazel Hutchins's picture books. Her joyous, sensitive, and humorous illustrations are familiar to families all over North America. This is Ohi's thirty-second book with Annick Press.
Two young children lying on their tummies on a small boardwalk and looking into the water below reminded me of all the times I'd looked down into water as a child. It led me in memory through all the larger and larger bridges I'd experienced over the years...from the creeks and coulees of my prairie childhood to the great rivers I later encountered, rivers that that fed directly into the wonder of the ocean itself and yet still linked with that first small creek.
Once the idea for "Bridges" began to take shape, the words began to flow lyrically, joyously across the page. Great joy and great sadness ... but it is joy that lifts us and carries us sweetly along.
It is joy that fills the book and it is Ruth Ohi's wonderful art that brings out all the richness along the way.
(P.S. I also had a wonderful time finding pictures of all kinds of amazing bridges to help Ruth have a large and marvelous selection to choose from as she worked on the illustrations.)