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Where the River Begins

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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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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 w ...more
Brigid Keely
"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
Maureen Sullivan
I LOVE this book!!
Rocheal Hoffman
Beautiful illustrations. Fantastic story-line. Awesome for predicting, making inferences, and other higher order thinking.
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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.

He spent his entire life in
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