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Paddle-to-the-Sea (Sandpiper Books) Paperback – February 19, 1980
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Pressed to see that the boat could travel so far and reach the ocean, even though it endured wear and tear along the way.
Despite that scene, Paddle to the Sea contains imagery and imagination, which makes the book memorable. The artwork is great, and Holling's very descriptive language and familiarity of geography makes this book a learning experience. I found chapter 24 to be quite interesting because of its short snippet of history -- the discovery of the Great Lakes region, Champlain "the Father of New France" and the Iroquois. Every chapter in the book, all twenty seven, covers each different region that Paddle flows through, and bears significance to how the free-flowing waters, be it Lake Superior or the crashing waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, cannot stop a wooden canoe and its Indian paddler from riding through.
Every child should read Paddle to the Sea, or have it read to them. And as for older children or adults that still want to revisit their curiosity of imagination, they will definitely find it unforgettable. You never forget about the books that touch you in some way.
If you want to visit, or revisit, that simpler time please take the time to read this story
Unfortunately, the book also documents the decline of the Great Lakes region, particularly Detroit.