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Along the River Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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K-Gr 3—Life on a river is an adventure; that's the message of this playful picture book from Brazil. "You'll have to discover your own way and your own rhythm while continuing to steer your course." Starkoff's minimal text and vibrant folk-style acrylic illustrations create a jovial feeling through thick lines and large splashes of color. Food, music, laughter, and fun prevail with a bright yellow background and spreads depicting the numerous vessels that travel down the river. Although the text is short and simple, the words are measured and flow like poetry. There is also signage on the boats that allows for additional reading. Overall, this feels inviting and provides a soothing read, although it lacks real depth or distinction. VERDICT A narrative with a good flow and strong illustrations that will draw young children in for a quick read or art prompt. A solid purchase for most collections.—Megan Egbert, Meridian Library District, ID
"Starkoff’s message about piloting through life … takes on rich resonance when paired with the vision of life on the river, as people and boats of all shapes and sizes are carried along on the same current." Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
"On pages painted the color of ripe mangoes, vibrant illustrations bring zip to the otherwise languid experience of drifting down a Brazilian waterway." ― The Wall Street Journal
"Starkoff creates a vivid tapestry of life that reminds us that the spirit in which you travel is more important than where you go. … this stunningly beautiful book presents a refreshingly new sensibility." ― The New York Times
"Although the text is short and simple, the words are measured and flow like poetry. … A narrative with a good flow and strong illustrations that will draw young children in for a quick read or art prompt." ― School Library Journal