Me and You and the Red CanoeBook - 2017
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.