Paddle-to-the-Sea (Sandpiper Books) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-23 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

"My teacher read this book to our class when I was in grade school, and I've never forgotten it. I recently rediscovered it when visiting northern Minnesota. The book is still magical! It is the story of a young boy who makes a small canoe with an Indian boy inside. He puts the canoe in the snow north of Lake Superior so that "Paddle to the Sea" can journey through the Great Lakes to the ocean. The story of Paddle's journey is such fun, and it's very educational for young readers. I've never forgotten this book, and I'm thrilled to have a new copy for my own library. The pictures and maps are wonderful and really bring the story to life. This is an outstanding book for children (and adults too)! " said.

"This book was read to me when I was a young child. My rating is from memory, although I still own the book. I think that almost all of my interest in it was based on the pictures, which really are incredible, in true Holling style. I believe this is his most famous book, and I can see why. It is the epic journey of our hero, the little canoe, but also of water itself.

The lower rating is from the subtle distance from it that I felt as a young child, from the story and its minute detail. It loses the imagination of the child in its desire to cover every detail of the journey, and I think that's what did it for me. A story in more brevity would have suited me better. It makes me wonder about the target audience. Perhaps it is meant for older children, or adults. For me, at age seven, it went over my head and lost me along the way to the ocean.
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"This book was recommended to us by our cousin, a children's librarian. This book is an interesting way to learn about all of the Great Lakes and what types of people and industries are near the Great Lakes. I only give this book 2 out of 5 stars because I and my children just didn't find the storyline all that interesting. However, I am not sure that younger children would have understood the plot enough to get much out of the book either.

Written in the 1940s, this book has wonderful illustrations and explanations of many of the people and industries that made the Great Lakes home. The book felt a little "dated" to us. Maybe an updated book that showed the history and then current people/industries that make the Great Lakes home would have been more enjoyable to all.

I wonder if you had family members who worked in the industries outlined in the book whether that would make it more interesting.

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"A young Native American makes a wooden canoe with a man in it. Underneath he inscribes that its name is Paddle-to-the-Sea and asks any finders to help it on its way to the sea from its starting point in Lake Superior. Over the course of the next three years readers follow Paddle-to-the-Sea on its adventures through the Great Lakes and eventually out to the Atlantic.

I remember having this book read to me as a child. I believe my mom read it in part to teach us about water flow patterns, which seems like a big reason Holling wrote it. Holling definitely put in the work to earn that shiny sticker on the cover, the illustrations are impressive even if the style is a bit dated now. While the book was originally written as a realistic fiction, the over 6 decades separating that time from this now makes this a historical fiction and some of the terms a bit dated. Still, could be used when talking about the Continental Divide and water flow in the United States. Not sure how modern kids would respond to the illustration style. I can see many turning up their noses at it.
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"49 months - I really enjoyed reading this with my daughter. I was expecting it to be about a real person paddling the Great Lakes but this idea is much more creative. A great geography lesson and lots of other learning too. Great vocabulary about nature. It would be fantastic to have a newer version of this book with more vivid colors in the illustrations. The art style is very much Group of Seven-esque. A good story to introduce my little dual citizen to natural connection and resources the two countries share.

We just finished reading this again. O is now 6 1/2 and H is 2 1/2. We just started homeschooling and have been studying US geography and history. This is a great read about the areas features, how water systems work, the names of the Great Lakes, major ports on the water ways, seasons and so much more. Such a good book. My only negative would be the choice to use the word injun but the story was written in the 1940's so although derogatory likely very common for the time period.

Found the book at the library book sale and just had to own it! What a find. Love reading this story!!
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"LOVE LOVE LOVE! I had no idea this book would be such a treasure! The story was interesting, exciting, educational (shhhh), and just downright fun to read! My 5th grader and I would easily trade off reading the one page chapters back and forth to each other.

Since we live in Texas and have no experience with the Great Lakes area, this was thoroughly intriguing to us. We "explored" with Paddle-to-the-Sea along his adventure. The story gave many opportunities for my son to pick out figurative language examples (metaphors, similies, alliteration, personification) to really reinforce our textbook lessons in a fun way. I especially loved how the illustrations perfectly complemented the story. I was able to use them as discussions on art topics too (use of warm vs. cool colors, texture, smudging vs sharp, etc.) But what great fun to explore each lake through the descriptions of everyday objects. We will forever see the wolf in Lake Superior now. (I'm sure Northerners are laughing at this!)

The ending, which we all know can make or break a story, was perfect! I won't give it away, but let's just say my son loved it and so did I. I can't wait to look for Minn of the Mississippi and Seabird to see what other adventures Holling Clancy Holling will take us on!
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" A must for any child living in the Great Lakes region. " said.

" Part of our natural science homeschool curriculum. Cute story. I look forward to using it as a reference as we travel. " said.

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