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Where the River Begins

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  66 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Josh and Aaron love to watch the river flow gently past their house. Together they make up stories about it, and always they wonder where the river begins. One day the boys and their grandfather set out to find the answer, and together they explore the moods of nature and the bonds of a man and his grandsons. American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. Full color.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by Puffin Books (first published 1984)
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Aug 21, 2011 Lobstergirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Josh and Aaron are modern day boys who live in a house on the banks of a wide, winding river in the improbably bucolic, unspoiled, undeveloped, and uninhabited manner of an Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, Thomas Cole, or Asher B. Durand landscape. When they wonder where the river begins, their grandfather suggests a camping trip to find out. They trudge past wheat fields, grazing sheep, towering cumulus clouds, along dirt roads that look as though last traversed by hay wagons. Thomas Locker ...more
Karen GoatKeeper
Nov 19, 2016 Karen GoatKeeper rated it it was amazing
This book like the other by this author are exquisitely illustrated. Some of the pictures in this book are ones I would not mind having on my walls.
The story is simple and simplified. Perhaps there is a place where you can go from the mouth of a river to its headwaters in a couple of days walking pace. Still it works even in the condensed time frame.
The author/illustrator is a professional artist so the illustrations are the best reason for slowly browsing through this book.
Hope L. Justice
The illustrations are beautiful and have so much light in them, but the story is so underwhelming. Books with illustrations like this should have less text, if the illustrations are the focus of the book. There was no charm to this book, where it had so much potential to be an enduring story.
Brigid Keely
Mar 22, 2013 Brigid Keely rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, 2013
"Where The River Begins," by Thomas Locker, reads like a gentle memoir of the lazy summer two kids and their grandpa went on an adventure to find the source of the wide, slow river that saunters lazily past their house. The illustrations are beautiful and the text is lovely to read. The adventure is low-key exciting (they see interesting things, there's stuff to talk about, nobody's in danger) and they get home again safely having discovered something new. There's openings to talk about camping, ...more
Nov 29, 2015 Stina rated it liked it
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Book #51 for 2014

Gorgeous illustrations, but the story wasn't really my style. I kept anticipating some challenge or obstacle or axe-murderer or something that never materialized. I am giving this 3 stars just on the strength of the artwork, but I suppose if you want a gentle story with a bit of an antiquated feel to it, this would be just the thing.
Rocheal Hoffman
Beautiful illustrations. Fantastic story-line. Awesome for predicting, making inferences, and other higher order thinking.
May 16, 2016 Garren rated it it was ok
Same deal for all of Locker's books: gorgeous landscapes (skyscapes, seascapes, etc.) but the text that goes with it won't be making it to group storytime.
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What a very beautiful book. I love the illustrations and the story is golden.
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Thomas Locker was one of the major American painters of the past century. In a career that spanned almost 60 years, he had over 75 solo exhibitions. His work ranged from the delicate to the monumental, but all had one thing in common: the beauty of the natural world. He had a deep appreciation for the elusive link between the human spirit and the sublime force of nature.

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