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

UPDATE TIME: 2018-03-06 
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"This is still a quaint and charming story that recounts the voyage of a little wooden canoe carved by a First Nations child in Northern Ontario with the hope of making it from Nipigon country to the sea - the Atlantic Ocean. In doing so, it takes readers on a tour of the landscape - wilderness and human - that existed at the time of the book's writing in the early 1940s. The little boat passes through many hands along the way as adults and children are touched by the audaciy of its goal and want to share in its success. If the book is dated now, it is primarily in its description of these human characters although the dog sled team and the lumber mill also harken to a different time. This is a classic Canadian fable that is a worthy read on the 150th anniversary of Confederation. " said.

"My 4th and 5th grade kids loved this! They have been learning a lot in school about different writing techniques and dress-ups. Holling C. Holling's writings are rich with metaphors, similes, personification, rich vocabulary, and varied interesting sentence openers and structures. The illustrations in Holling C. Holling's books are fantastic, including the various sketches in the margins. My 5-year old child surprisingly followed along and often requested we read further in this book during meal times as well! We have read 3 of his other books (Pagoo, Tree in the Trail, and Seabird) and have two more on our list now to enjoy together. I would like to photocopy parts of these books and just analyze all of the various writing techniques that Holling C. Holling fit into every page! We are fans. " said.

"• 1942 Caldecott Honor Book •

I really want to like this book because the story is really awesome, a small part of it takes place in Wisconsin (!) and the illustrations are beautiful, but it felt so dry to me. I must have started reading this book four times before I finally made it through. And, I know this was written in 1941, but why couldn’t the newer editions change the word “Injun” to “Indian” or "Native American"?

What intrigued me perhaps the most was the version I read is a special edition that was printed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program in 2003. It contains a letter from Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle on the inside endpaper, and in the back it also contains a two page student lesson plan and a one page activity map. I’ve never seen a special edition released by a US state to commemorate something - I’m sure there’s many out there, I’ve just never seen one. So it made it feel a little more special to me. However, it was still kind of dry to read.

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" This book is amazing! The pictures are great and the story is an adventure. I liked to look at the map after each chapter and follow his path. ~ Caleb " said.

" This is a gorgeous story. I love reading it to my boys and the history and geography of the Great Lakes is only a bonus. " said.

" May 14, 2014: I am looking forward to reading more of his books! The author has found a very creative and enjoyable way to explore geography and nature. September 27, 2015: Still an excellent book, this time around. We love HC Holling's work! " said.

" 1942 Caldecott HonorFavorite illustration: The large map showing Paddle's journey.Favorite line: "You will go with the water and you will have adventures that I would like to have." --Chapter 2Kid-appeal: An interesting story, but it is very long and does contained dated references to Indians as Injuns. I was surprised to hear my neighbor's 5th grade class recently used it in her Waldorf classroom. Could see multi-subject uses for the book with math, language arts and social studies. " said.

"I read this to my 7, 6, and 4 year old. They all loved it. Which actually surprised me, because I thought with how long it was and the descriptions of a sawmill, locks, etc, they might get bored, as they normally do in non-fiction books (it almost reads like non-fiction at times). But no, they were fascinated. I enjoyed it too, although it's a bit long and we had to read it over two nights, and isn't the typical adventure/fairy tale that I usually like to read to my kids. Some reviews said it was wordy, but I thought the descriptions were really what made the journey so captivating. " said.

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