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Paddle to the Sea


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ISBN13: 9780395292037
ISBN10: 0395292034
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A young Indian boy carves a canoe and travels through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The text and pictures provide an excellent geographical and historical picture of the region. Caldecott Honor Book.


A young Indian boy carves a little canoe with a figure inside and names him Paddle-to-the-Sea. Paddle's journey, in text and pictures, through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean provides an excellent geographic and historical picture of the region.

About the Author

Born in Jackson County, Michigan, in 1900, Holling Clancy Holling graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1923. He then worked in a taxidermy department of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and spent time working in anthropology under Dr. Ralph Linton. During this period, he married Lucille Webster and within a year of their marriage accepted a position as art instructor on the first University World Cruise, sponsored by New York University. For many years, Holling C. Holling dedicated much of his time and interest to making books for children. Much of the material he used was known to him first hand, and his wife, Lucille, worked with him on many of the illustrations.

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Bettina Domingue, September 4, 2011 (view all comments by Bettina Domingue)
Sometimes a sad ending can lead to later happiness.

I found this book the day before Bay Books, an independent bookseller, closed its doors in Concord, California. Perhaps I should say that the book found me. Why would I buy a children's book? It must have been the local book dragon whispering in my ear, for I am grateful for this great find.

The author takes us on a trip that starts in the great northern wastes of Canada, and we follow the carved toy through the wilderness and down in to the Great Lakes of the States. Along the way, we find out what the inside of a sawmill looked like and how Lake Superior resembles a wolf's head. Yes, a wolf's head.

If the kids want to have more read to them, tell them to go to sleep so you can read the book yourself in peace and quiet. It was sad to see yet another local bookstore leave us, but it brought me great happiness with my last purchase.
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Sara Amend, June 27, 2009 (view all comments by Sara Amend)
I enjoyed reading this book to my students when I was teaching. There was also a movie version which was very well done. I look forward to sharing the story with my grandson.
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Hillwalker, November 22, 2008 (view all comments by Hillwalker)
I read Paddle in elementary school in the sixties. It was a wonderful surprise to see it recently reprinted. The story is a gentle and brilliant odyssey through the Lakes and through the clear colours of a child's eye. The description of the young native carver is not what it would be today, but is still insightful and told with respect.
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Product Details

Holling, Holling Clancy
Houghton Mifflin
Holling, Holling Clancy
Action & Adventure
Canoes and canoeing
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Ethnic - Native American
Adventure and adventurers
Great lakes
St. lawrence river
People & Places - United States - Native American
Action & Adventure - General
Children s-Adventure Stories
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
February 1980
Grade Level:
from 4 to 6
11 x 8.63 x 0.32 in 0.6 lb
Age Level:

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