by Holling C. Holling


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A young Indian boy carves a little canoe with a figure inside and names him Paddle-to-the-Sea. Paddle's journey, in text and pictures, through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean provides an excellent geographic and historical picture of the region.

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ISBN-13: 9780395292037
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 02/28/1980
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 63,374
Product dimensions: 8.62(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.24(d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Born in Jackson County, Michigan, in 1900, Holling Clancy Holling graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1923. He then worked in a taxidermy department of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and spent time working in anthropology under Dr. Ralph Linton. During this period, he married Lucille Webster and within a year of their marriage accepted a position as art instructor on the first University World Cruise, sponsored by New York University. For many years, Holling C. Holling dedicated much of his time and interest to making books for children. Much of the material he used was known to him first hand, and his wife, Lucille, worked with him on many of the illustrations.

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"Geography of the best kind made vivid by the power of imagination." Horn Book

"Geography of the best kind made vivid by the power of imagination." Horn Book Guide

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Paddle-to-the-sea 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago (1982) and remember it as if it were yesterday. In third grade (1974) I had the priviledge of viewing the film in school - and both book and film are fantastic! One describes and one shows, the scenic areas of Canada, the five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River and into the Atlantic Ocean. Both book and film also describe and show all of the adventures along the way. A great tale that should be revived!
szanes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book has been reprinted many times since its first appearance in 1941. It is a charming story of a tiny carved canoe that travels down from Canada, through the Great Lakes and rivers and finally to the sea. The settings are beautifully portrayed with text and illustrations. This is NOT a short picture book, or one for very young readers. It would make an excellent continued read aloud. Terrific kick-off for geography skills and tracing of waterways.
auntieknickers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A favorite book of my children, especially since we lived in Minnesota near the Great Lakes. Painless learning and wonderful pictures.
shillson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Native American boy launches his toy Indian in a canoe, Paddle-to-the-Sea, in Lake Nipigon in hopes that it will make it to the Atlantic Ocean. Over the course of four years the toy falls in to the hands of several people who make sure that it continues on its travels through the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and Niagara Falls, eventually making it to the Atlantic Ocean. Full page pictures and illustrations of the toy's journey help to provide a geographical and historical perspective of the region. This book is probably better suited for independent reading rather than a read aloud because it is fairly long and the pencil drawings can be better appreciated independently. I would suggest this book to students in grades 3-5.In addition to the brightly colored illustrations there are also pencil drawings that help the reader better understand parts of the story. These include diagrams of a sawmill, freighter, and canal locks. I especially liked the maps that identified where Paddle-to-the-Sea was located and on the last two pages a map of Paddle's journey is shown. Additional books from this time period include Goodnight Moon, Make Way for Ducklings, Curious George, and Caps for Sale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book in every respect. Wonderful story, great pics!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My five year old son was introduced to this book over the summer. I got it for him and we've read it several times. We decided to have it be his birthday present for friends this year since we liked it so much! I love the geographical nature of the books especially since we live in Wisconsin.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I read as a child and 62 years later, have never forgotten. So far, my children and grandchildren have read this book and have loved it as I did.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wanted to learn about the world and other people beyond where you live? In the book Paddle-to-the Sea, a Caldecott Honor Book in 1942 that is just what a young boy from Nipigon country in the Canadian wilderness yearned to do, but he knows he must stay home and help his father. So, he carved a twelve inch canoe with a wooden model of an Indian inside it and calls it Paddle-to-the-Sea then frees it to undertake a journey to the Atlantic Ocean in his place. Traveling through all five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River, Paddle-to-the-Sea four years later reaches . . . . . Get ready for a great adventure and learn what happens to Paddle-to-the Sea along the way and see all the historical pictures and the natural of science wrapped up in this unforgettable story read it for yourself. Children will enjoy hearing and reading about the exciting adventures and enjoy the colorful and detailed illustrations. The author and illustrator Holling C. Holling was born in Jackson County, Michigan in 1900. For many years, Holling C. Holling dedicated much of his time and interest making books for children. His wife Lucille Webster Holling works with him on many of the illustrations in his books. Other books you might enjoy by this author: Seabird, Tree in the trail and Minn of the Mississippi. Holling C. Holling, Paddle to the Sea, Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1969
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is about a young Indian boy who lives in Nipigon and how he carved a toy boat from wood. The toy boat he names 'Paddle' is about to flow down Lake Superior after a great ice storm melts. The boy knows that even though he has to stay at home, Paddle will have great adventures. The illustrations show different scenery as Paddle travels down the river. This story is very colorful and has detailed illustrations. Children will enjoy hearing and reading about the exciting adventures that Paddle has, and will enjoy the different pictures that show the places he has gone.