WATER BOATMAN'S JOURNEY by Lee Ford

WATER BOATMAN'S JOURNEY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Water Boatman is a bug (Arctocorixa) whose impromptu journey traces the course of a river from mountain pond to ocean marsh, his experiences (pursued by a trout in a spillover pool, almost lapped up by a cow along a pasture stream, stabbed at by a gull in a harbor) reflecting its changing capacity. Also its changing condition--the Water Boatman barely survives the pollution (described, not decried) near the port city to find sustenance and a mate in the marsh. Some of the pictures are too harshly colored to be altogether pleasing but they're effective in relating the Water Boatman to his immediate and distant surroundings. A low-pressure lesson that's not a complete washout as a story.

Pub Date: April 24th, 1969
Publisher: Seabury