Synopses & Reviews
Surprising, original, and gorgeous, The River is a book about the seasons and the different kinds of experiences and stories that each season brings. Consisting almost entirely of images, The River presents each of the four seasons as its own chapter and story. A few sentences at the start of each chapter set the stage and provide clues for following each story. Beginning in autumn and ending in summer, The River is about our connection to place, as well as about the connections between geography, setting, and the stories we tell. The River is also about the flow of time, which flows like the river, and carries us.
Alessandro Sanna and his work are renowned throughout Italy and this book, which will fascinate young and old alike, demonstrates why.
Born in 1975, Alessandro Sanna's work is well-known throughout Italy. He has earned wide recognition across Europe as an illustrator and author, and his work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review and the New Yorker. He is a prolific and popular creator of illustrated books for children and readers of all ages and has received many awards and had many exhibitions. He lives and works in Mantua, Italy.
"Italian illustrator Sanna paints hundreds of watercolors of the country's Po River, arranging the thin, wide panoramas on the pages like photos in an album. Wordless stories, one for each season, are prefaced by passages of lyrical prose. The first, Autumn, remembers a catastrophic flood. 'The old-timers speak to me of the skin of the river,' Sanna writes, 'as if it were a sleeping animal that might awake at any moment.' Using watercolor stain on wet paper for the dark clouds and a fine brush for those who stand vigil on the banks, Sanna follows a man on a bicycle who offers help up and down the river. After a night at home with his wife, the man returns to the rescue effort. When he reappears, this time in a boat, he discovers his house empty and half-submerged. The other three stories the birth of a calf in the winter, a spring wedding, a summer encounter between an artist and an escaped tiger offer compensatory joy. The myriad images of the Po in rain, sun, at dusk and dawn give readers a deeper sense of its allure. Ages 6 up. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Along the lines of Blexbolex's Seasons (2010), an immersive visual experience that richly rewards patient attention." STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews
A richly imagined and surprising book about the flowing of a river, its stories, and the flow of life itself.
About the Author
Alessandro Sanna lives in Italy. He is a prolific, popular creator of illustrated books for children and readers of all ages.