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Raven and River

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Raven and the other animals try to awaken the frozen river to the coming Alaskan springtime.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Little Brown and Company
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A lovely poem w/ wonderful pictures by Jon Van Zyle. The Raven and the River are the strongest presences, according to the author's note, but they're only featured in some of the verses. The other verses show how other wildlife welcomes spring. Onomatopoeia and rhythm make this a wonderful read-aloud.
Bonnie Brown
Carlstrom, N.W. (Author) & Van Zyle, J. (Illustrator). (1997). Raven and River. Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown and Company. Unp. Ages 3 and up.

This charming and lyrical book accompanied by bold paintings create a fill for the Alaskan landscape and animals. Raven calls to the river and it answers with a joyful call of the coming springtime. The tone of the rhymes and pictures create a smooth flow that mirrors the river.

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Animals awaking to the thaw of the river in a snowy Alaska landscape. Gorgeous illustrations of both the animals and the landscape. I loved it. Logan liked the illustrations, but the text was too poetic for him. He's much more of a fan of snappy dialog than of rhythm and rhyme.
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Lovely childrens' book. Very poetic and the illustrations were beautiful. I was born in Alaska so I could really connect to the nature and meaning.
Sandra Stiles
This is a story of winters awakenning along with Alaska's animals. All are anxious for spring to arrive. Beautiful pictures.
Not unlike Bear Snores On in it's fun repetitive rhythm. More realistic, but still some anthropomorphizing.
Samantha Penrose
Beautiful illustrations.
Perhaps a little overly poetic for kids under five....
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Nancy White Carlstrom has written more than 50 books for children, including the Jesse Bear series with illustrator Bruce Degan.

Born the daughter of steel mill worker William J. and Eva (Lawrence) White, Nancy White Carlstrom was born in Washington, Pennsylvania, on August 4, 1948. She practiced writing poetry, enjoyed reading books like Little Women, and wanted to become a children’s book author
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