jinksb, October 24, 2010 (view all comments by jinksb)
I read this as a child growing up in Michigan. The idea that a simple carved toy canoe could travel so far, and that people who encountered it along the way would help it continue its journey to its goal fascinated me. When I saw the book again, 45 years later, I was at work, stocking a new branch library with its opening day collection. Seeing Paddle-to-the-Sea, brand-new and waiting for another child to travel with it on its journey, brought back fond memories of a forgotten friend. Keep him going. Introduce Paddle-to-the-Sea to a child you know.
smccoy1, January 18, 2007 (view all comments by smccoy1)
The 1942 Caldecott Honor Book, Paddle-to-the-Sea really helped me accept the idea that I could be a very special person, even if other people might not see that. The first time I read Paddle-to-the-Sea, I was transported into the world of the people, created by Mr. Hollings, who lived and worked on the St. Lawrence River during the turbulent 1940's. The pictures were so entrancing, the powerful story touched my heart. Mr. Hollings' use of the third person narrative was very effective. Paddle-to-the-Sea was the first book I read that really helped me empathize to the point of tears. I truly began to understand the allure of literature. Often, I buy it and give it to others as a gift. I recommend it to any young person or adult who wants to learn more about our history within a powerful story about rivers, journeys and culture.
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