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Song of the River

Song of the River
 

In this quintessential Joy Cowley story, Cam follows the river's journey from its source in the mountains all the way to the sea In this resonant story from Joy Cowley, Cam the mountain boy follows the river from its trickling source in the snow all the way to the sea. The river ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781776572533
Barcode 9781776572533
Published 1 July 2019 by Gecko Press
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Cowley, Joy
Illustrated by Andrews, Kimberly
Availability In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781776572533
ISBN-10 177657253X
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Publication Date 1 July 2019
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Cowley, Joy
Illustrated by Andrews, Kimberly
Category General Picture Books
Character Books
Picture Storybooks
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions Width: 250mm
Height: 242mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 394g
Interest Age 7-8 years
Reading Age 7-8 years
NBS Text Picture Books
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code 972707

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A curious mountain boy follows a trickle of water all the way to the sea. Young Cam tells his grandfather that he wishes he could see the sea. 'One day we will go there, ' is the reply. One spring morning, Cam notices a rivulet trickling through the pine woods. 'Come with me, ' the trickle sings to him. 'I will take you to the sea.' Cam follows the trickle, which joins a creek and runs down the mountainside. The creek meets a stream, where trout leap and beckon Cam. The stream becomes a river that flows through farms with ducks and cows and dogs and then a town. Frogs in the river encourage Cam to continue his journey. The river widens, full of ships big and small. The river sings to Cam, who runs past some wharves and onto the sand dunes. He has reached the sea! It's 'wild and blue and beautiful...and it [goes] on forever, ' and it sings the grandest song of all. Back home that night, Cam tells his grandfather about his adventure, and grandfather again replies, 'One day we will go there'--leaving readers to wonder whether Cam's adventure was real or imaginary. Regardless, Cowley neatly modulates Cam's adventure, sentences that build and accrete like that rivulet taking readers on the journey. Andrews' diverse landscapes are solidly composed, shifting angles but maintaining an earthy, muted palette. A lovely homage to nature.'--Kirkus Reviews --Journal
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand's best-loved writers for children and adults, with an international reputation. She has won a multitude of awards and honours for her bestselling books, including the Prime Ministers Award for contribution to literature. She was shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018. Kimberly Andrews is a trained biologist and geologist who grew up in the Canadian Rockies and has lived and worked in Borneo, the UK and New Zealand. She illustrated Explore Aotearoa, shortlisted for the New Zealand children's book award in 2018, and her first book both authored and illustrated, Puffin the Architect, was released in 2018. She lives in Wellington.

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