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River Parade (Viking Kestrel picture books) Hardcover – May 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: Viking Kestrel picture books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; First Edition edition (May 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670829463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670829460
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

One blazingly hot summer day, a boy's father takes him for a boat ride on the river. At first, the youngster is a little frightened, but when some of his favorite toys fall into the water, they don't look scared at all. Father gently ties his son and three wooden toys to a tow-line and they all enjoy a cool swim, floating down the river as if in a parade. Shimmering with the summer heat, Day's watercolors are cool and inviting. In this simple, elegant picture book, her gentle, straightforward tale of father and son--and their participation in the delights of nature--becomes a joyous celebration of a happy day. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-- To open this book is to plunge into limpid watercolors that fairly swim on the page, and to touch, through clear depths, a child's experience. On a hot day a boy, age five or six, goes on a boat ride with his father. They take along a large picnic basket and three wooden toys. A red and black spotted dog, a red and white duck, and a chunky giraffe are lined up on the gunwale as Dad rows down the gloriously shimmering river. One by one they fall/jump/are knocked into the water, but that's okay: Dad ties each to a long string, and they bob along in the parade of the title. Finally the young narrator (wearing a life vest) finds himself in the river, too. "It was cold and nice . . . It's wonderful to swim in the river, as long as you're on a string." Resonant as that sentiment is (and it's nice to find a father on the other end of the umbilical cord), understatement beautifully complements the heady, evocative illustrations. They glisten with heat, light, and movement, describing river, sky, air, people, and objects in rich strokes of aqueous color. Around one simple incident this book conjures up an ideal vision of a place, and a profound glimpse at the relationship between love and freedom, holding on and letting go. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

In addition to The Christmas We Moved to the Barn, Cooper Edens has writted many ppular children's books, including If You're Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow, and his popular Santa Cow books. Mr Edens lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Format: Hardcover
On a hot day, a young boy takes his three toys ("Laurel, Upstairs, and Buoyant") on a river ride with his dad. He's a little apprehensive, "The river was bigger than I thought it would be," but "the boat was nice" and "I liked the smell and sound of the water.

When Laurel, his toy horse, falls in the river, the (unnamed) boy decides that Laurel actually likes the river, and his dad ties a rope to the horse. In short order, Buoyant the duck and Upstairs the Giraffe, wind up in the water, and the three of them tag along, tied together by a long piece of string. (Unfortunattely, it's somewhat difficult to see the line "All of a sudden Upstairs jumped in." The words were placed in the corner of the page, over the picture of the brown boat.)

All seems tranquil, but then the boy reaches over to grab a branch, and he goes into the drink as well. He, too, is tied to the boat by a string going from the boat to his lifevest. All concludes happily as the boy observes: It was cold and nice./We were like a parade./ It's wonderful to swim in the river,/as long as you're on a string.

I wonder though: With all this accidental winding-up-in-the river, has Alexandra Day (author/illustrator of the wonderful "Paddy's Pay Day"), really reassured kids about river fun? The illustrative touches are nice: Buoyant holds some water plants in it's mouth, a pair of ducks look out over the "river parade," the boy sees a school of small fish just beneath the boat, his water-reflected face staring back at him. However, the river itself doesn't look very friendly. I would have preferred a broad river that did not look like it was on the verge of overflowing; an image enhanced by the many buildings staked on top of the river, and by a fairly choppy waters.While these touches may reinformce the notion that the river is not as scary as it looks, a slightly softer portrait of the river may work better.
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