RIVER by Debby Atwell


Age Range: 5 - 7
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In a series of folk-art paintings, Atwell (Barn, 1996) charts an American river’s decline from unspoiled to trash-strewn, then its recovery due to the efforts of concerned people. Although readers may be thrown by the brief text’s vagueness (“They changed the warehouses. They tore down some of the factories. They planted trees. They wanted to share”), the message comes through clearly in the striking riverine scenes, as bright skies and blue waters change to lowering clouds and gray dinginess, then back to idealized views of grassy approaches and families at play. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-395-93546-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1999