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Where Does the Trail Lead?

Where Does the Trail Lead?

by Albert Burton, Brian Pinkney

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- A poetic evocation of a boy's solitary exploration of an uninhabited island. One summer's day a black youngster dashes along a seaside trail, past a lighthouse, over dunes, along wave - whipped shores, catching glimpses of rabbits scampering into bushes and geese flying overhead. ``Where does the trail lead?'' is the question posed throughout the brief narrative. There is a sense of loneliness, and yet readers will catch the boy's excitement as he strikes out along the trail, absorbing all of its sights and sounds. He enthusiastically shares his adventures at story's end with his family gathered around a campfire on the beach. Using a palette of muted violet, sienna, ochre, cobalt, and spruce green in his scratchboard illustrations, Pinkney enlivens his paintings with flicks of bright color. He effectively captures the remoteness, the abandonment of the setting, and the boy's spirit of untrammeled discovery. --Phyllis G. Sidorsky, National Cathedral School, Washington, DC

Product Details

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date:
AD800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Brian Pinkney has illustrated numerous acclaimed books for children, including Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song; On the Ball; The Faithful Friend; Duke Ellington; and In the Time of the Drums. His many awards include two Caldecott Honors, a Coretta Scott King Illustration Award, four Coretta Scott King Illustration Honors, and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. Brian lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and frequent collaborator, Andrea Davis Pinkney. Visit him at BrianPinkney.net.

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