Me and You and the Red Canoe

Me and You and the Red Canoe

Book - 2017
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Perseus Publishing
A gorgeously illustrated, lyrical story about experiencing the wonders of the natural world
  • The art is absolutely gorgeous. Phil’s art has a retro look, and he has painted vintage fishing gear. This is a book that will appeal as much to adult aficionados of fishing as children.
  • Jean E. Pendziwol has had great success with Once Upon a Northern Night, and this book is written with the same kind of lyricism and sensitivity to the natural world.
  • The book speaks to an experience – summer camping and fishing and exploring nature – that will resonate with many adults and children across North America.
  • Both author and illustrator were keen not to specify the children’s gender in the text or art.
  • Perfect for the gift market.
  • Curriculum connections: language arts / reading, poetry and storytelling; science / nature and the environment, animals; social studies / people and environments.

In the stillness of a summer dawn, two siblings leave their campsite with fishing rods, tackle and bait, and push a red canoe into the lake. A perfect morning on the water unfolds, with thrilling glimpses of wildlife along the way.

The narrator describes the experience vividly. Trailing a lure through the blue-green depths, the siblings paddle around a point, spotting a moose in the shallows, a beaver swimming towards its home and an eagle returning to its nest. Suddenly there is a sharp tug and the rod bends to meet the water. A few heart-stopping moments later, the pair pull a silvery trout from the water, then paddle back to the campsite to fry up a delicious breakfast.

The poetic text is accompanied by stunningly beautiful paintings rendered on wood panels that give a nostalgic feeling to the story.

Publisher: Toronto :, Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781554988471
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Phil 1957-- Illustrator


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Ms_Gaye Sep 07, 2017

Lyrical poetry and illustrations that look like worn paintings on wooden boards create a tranquil feeling of time spent enjoying nature while fishing on a lake in Ontario. Ages 4-7

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