UP THE CREEK by Nicholas Oldland


From the "Life in the Wild" series
by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 7
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The bear, the moose and the beaver might be friends, but they can’t agree on anything!

One nice, sunny day, the three friends decide to go for a canoe trip down the river. All of them want to steer—and that tips the canoe, and they all end up in the water. A game of “Eenie-Meenie-Minie-Moe” puts the moose in the stern, but they all insist on paddling on the same side of the canoe. They’re so stubborn that they just circle for a long time. It’s only when they get tired that they start switching sides and move forward. When they come to a beaver dam, no one can agree on how to get over the blockage. Once over the dam (the bear’s idea to portage wins out), the trip goes smoothly…until the bickering starts. They’re yelling so loudly that they don’t hear the waterfall, and that strands them on a rock in the middle of the river. They argue well into the night. It’s not until the next morning that it dawns on the friends that they’ll never get to shore unless they work together. Canadian author/illustrator Oldland’s fourth Life in the Wild picture book features all three of his blocky cartoon woodland characters in a fine tale of friendship and cooperation. Gentle humor, both visual and textual, make this an easy and not preachy lesson.

Storytimers and newly independent readers alike will enjoy this trio’s continuing adventures. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-894786-32-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Kids Can
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2013


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