SAILING WITH THE WIND by Thomas Locker
Kirkus Star

SAILING WITH THE WIND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Like Locker's Where the River Begins and The Mare on the Hill, a series of lovely oil landscapes in the spirit of the Hudson River School, masquerading as a picture book. Elizabeth welcomes Uncle Jack, who arrives in a sailboat and arranges to take her down the river to the ocean, a trip they make the next day between sunrise and sunset; a few days later, restless, he says goodbye, promising to come back in a couple of years for another adventure. Although the waves loom at sea and there's a storm on the return trip, the pedestrian text completely fails to convey weather's drama (remember the excitement of the storm in McCloskey's Time of Wonder?); there are no other events of note. But what matter? The serene progression of earth, tree, and sky, from moonlit mist on the river to lowering clouds on a choppy sea, from sun shimmering through mid-morning pines to sun setting in crimson glory reflected in dappled water, conveys the drama of a beautiful setting, albeit conventionally idyllic. Locker's high level of technical proficiency, excellence of design and careful detail are rare in books for children: a rewarding visual experience.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1986
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial