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.
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.
Houghton Mifflin Company -
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.
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