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Book Description

A young Indian boy from Nipigon country in the Canadian wilderness carves a twelve-inch canoe with a kneeling Indian figure and frees it to undertake a journey to the Atlantic Ocean in his place. He must stay home and help his father, but yearns to learn about the world beyond his life in the village.

Four years later, this tiny vessel reaches its destination ending a journey fraught with danger, excitement, and beauty. Taking the listener through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, Holling Clancy Holling (1900-1973) gives us a treasure chest of geography and natural science wrapped in an unforgettably beautiful story. This timeless award-winning book has been a favorite of families for over 60 years.

Book reviewed by Temmerhorton

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This book is full of color and imagination that makes learning about the great lakes fun and easy. It is perfect for school age children, but adults wil also find it entertaining. This is a educational and entertainig book, which is hard to find.
The way that this book is written makes it engaging for the younger audience, however, the larger words make it difficult for them to read all on their own. It has some very graphic imagery which can be scary for littler kids. Some graphics should be left out when reading to younger audiences.
This book is a wonderful tool for teaching children all about the great lakes. The character is one that they can easily identify with. The imagination that was used in writing the book is what draws children, and adults, to it. Once you pick it up, you do not want to put it down. The illustration and imagery are unparalleled in other reading or learning books.The book makes it fun to learn and easy to forget that you are learning. While it is written for elementary school students to learn either on their own or in a classroom setting, it is entertaining for the adult that is reading it also. You will find that you are drawn into the story line and that you really want to know how the character's story plays out. Even preschool children are likely to be drawn into the story and will enjoy it being read to them. This is a book for all ages because of the way it is beautifully written with colorful imagery. It is recommended for learning and for entertainment. It is a book that you will reach for to read over and over again. I will be highly appreciated by any age child.


  • 1 - Not recommended for reading.
  • 2 - Somewhat engaging, book is just OK.
  • 3 - Pretty engaging, good book.
  • 4 - Engaging, very good book.
  • 5 - Really engaging, excellent book.

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Book Details

Title: Paddle-to-the-Sea


Length: Pages

Language: English

Publication Date: 2004-02-12

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