A New World version of a classic, set on a New England coastal estuary in the 1920's. This is a story about the denizens of a very special river. For like their relatives on the other side of the ocean, this river had its own Rat, Mole, Badger, Otter, and Weasel clans.
When a spooky nocturnal creature starts terrorizing the riverfront, Mr. Rat's clever daughter sets to work solving the mystery and unmasking the culprit. But that is only the beginning of the intrigue and adventure one eventful summer.
This lyrically-written book features a mysterious Native American prophesy, a suspected sea monster, a scavenger hunt with a surprising twist, persnickety weasels, a mysterious clue etched on a piece of birch bark, some hilarious hijinks by Mr. Toad's son, a chatterbox bobolink, a devastating hurricane, a heroic rescue, a liberal sprinkling of gentle humor, nautical adventures in wooden boats, some historical fiction, an unusual square dance with fireflies, a campfire on the beach at night watching shooting stars, some scalding Advanced Praise, an outrageously conceited poem by Mr. Toad, and an snarky interview by the author.
This story is set against the rural backdrop of coastal New England almost a century ago. All the natural history and science in this book is accurate and will inspire young readers to learn more. Most of the locations, boat names, and historical events are accurate for the times.
|Publisher:||Cricket Works Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Amy Thurber grew up in the woods of Central Connecticut, where her father taught her geology, ecology, fishing, and the wisdom of the woodland creatures, trees, and wildflowers. After earning a BFA degree in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design, she moved to Little Compton, Rhode Island, and then Westport, Massachusetts.
Her illustrations and graphic designs have appeared in local publications, and with her husband's nature columns. She has also dabbled in farming, and now grows unusual plants to create her leaf pottery.
She currently resides in Massachusetts, with her husband, son, pet cat, pet dove, and 10 beloved hens.
Table of Contents
Author's Preface 3
=Part 1= The Nocturnal Terror
Chapter 1 = A Monster Haunts the Riverfront 8
Chapter 2 = The Catamount Captured 12
Chapter 3 = The Two Little Terrors 19
Chapter 4 = The Hard Tack 23
Chapter 5 = Salvaging Toady 28
=Part 2= The Delights of Summer
Chapter 6 = The Rat-ette & the Toad-let 36
Chapter 7 = The King of the Meadow 39
Chapter 8 = Montaup Hill & the Empty Quiver 44
Chapter 9 = Stars with Wings 50
Chapter 10 = The Scavenger Hunt 59
=Part 3= The Sea Monster
Chapter 11 = The Ocean 68
Chapter 12 = The Island 74
Chapter 13 = The Island's Secret 82
Chapter 14 = Perseus' Spear 87
Chapter 15 = Plum-backed Swallows & Winded Warblers 96
Chapter 16 = The Counting Day 107
Chapter 17 = Omens & Portents 112
Chapter 18 = The River Styx 116
Postscript: Mole End 132
Appendix A: Natural History Notes 134
Appendix B: Lightning Jitterbug Dance Steps 140