"This is a beautiful book; fun and informative to read, lovely to look at and simple enough for kids without being simplistic. I’d recommend it to children with an interest in fly-fishing or to parents who’d like to spark that interest. For that matter, I’d also recommend it to some of my more extreme fly-fishing friends for its humble, humane view of a sport that sometimes gets too fast-paced and competitive."
bestselling author of A Fly Rod of Your Own John Gierach
"This is a much needed and beautiful introduction, through story and drawings, to the wondrous world of fly fishing. Weiner's text weaves a lovely tale of a family outing on the river with detailed but not overwhelming technical information about our much loved past-time. With dialog and instruction between a boy, his mother and his grandfather (accompanied by their dog!) "Down by the River" connects us to nature as well as to a fabled tradition of angling literature originating with Izaak Walton's Compleat Angler of 1653. April Chu's drawings are exquisite!"
author of Trout: An Illustrated History and Tr James Prosek
Down by the River will charm children, parents and grandparents. Andrew Weiner’s captivating writing shows the joy that comes from companionship and the strength of family from generation to generation. I can’t wait to begin selling this treasure."
"Patient text for a patient sport, this is a quiet book that rewards. The stream and fish draws each generation to it. Makes me want to wade and wait and watch."
author/illustrator of Collect Raindrops: The S Nikki McClure
Down by the Riveris a loving look at family traditions and flyfishing. And it's one of the best books I've read in years about the sport. It is lushly illustrated, packed with facts and fun back matter, and the endpapers filled with paintings of flies used in flyfishing will have you yearning to spend the day hip-deep in a cool, sunlit river. "
"A celebration of a quiet event that takes place in a child's life, is remembered through adulthood and passed on to the next generation. Beautiful. Priceless."
Down by the River captures the allure and passion of fly fishing, and the pursuit’s multi-generational appeal. It will resonate with seasoned fly fishers and no doubt hook future anglers into the sport.
author of Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die Chris Santella
"Down By the River, like so many great children's picture books, is about more than what it seems on the surface. It IS an excellent introduction to fly fishing and all that that entails, but this book is also about family and learning from grandparents. The story is about passing down family traditions and appreciating the special moment that is now, which speaks to the mindful awareness many are striving to show children in books currently. Down by the River offers subtle wisdom about family, conservation, mindfulness, and of course, fly fishing!"
A leisurely paced, lushly illustrated story about a boy's first fly-fishing trip.Straightforward yet descriptive text portrays an intergenerational excursion in which young Art embarks on his first fly-fishing trip with his angler mother and grandfather. Partly told through remembrances of Art's mother's first such trip, the tale emphasizes the importance of family and learning from one another. Unlike his mother, Art does not hook a fish on his first try, but his persistence pays off when he catches a beautiful brown trout, depicted dramatically on its own spread. On the final spread, Art continues this fly-fishing tradition as a grandfather himself, the white man leading his interracial family to the same waters where he learned, eager to pass along this family experience. Warm, immersive illustrations change perspective to add drama and tension, even depicting that of an osprey overhead. The illustrations are rendered in charcoal pencil with digital coloration, creating a watercolor effect. Informative, accessible backmatter will appeal to children eager to take their own turns with the rod, providing guidelines, emphasizing conservation, and depicting both men and women anglers. Endpapers display and label nearly 80 different, brightly colored flies set against a background of light brown, water-stained paper, evocative of the book's river setting.No tall tale, this book delivers an authentic, heartwarming story with a focus on family and togetherness. (Picture book. 4-8)