River Story (Paperback)
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“A luscious blend of cool blues and verdant greens lights up the pages of this poetic picture book, which traces the course of a river from its source.” — Publishers Weekly
Follow a river from its beginnings as a mountain stream formed from melting snow, as it rushes over rocks and through valleys to the busy city, and finally to its end, where it joins the sea.
About the Author
Meredith Hooper is an historian by training and the author of many books, ranging in subject from Antarctica to aviation, from the history of water to the history of inventions. She says the river in this book is based in part on one that flowed past her garden, but that it mostly reflects "the strong-flowing big rivers of America, the fast, turbulent rivers of the Swiss Alps, the wide city rivers of Europe, and the meeting of river and sea that happens all over the world." She adds, "I like to travel!"
Bee Wiley has illustrated many books for children. She says the process depicted in River Story (water appearing at the source, trickling, gaining speed, and collecting things before finally reaching the sea) parallels the flow of teamwork that went into making the book. "It is one of those books that has really forged its own life, which I hope will translate to readers."