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Along the River

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Boats of all shapes and sizes travel on the river, through the seasons, toward the sea. Who will you meet on the river?

This vibrant picture book from Brazil depicts the joy of the journey, showing in simple yet detailed illustrations the people you might meet along the way, the sights you might see and the food you might eat. Readers will delight in identifying recurring d
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2017 by Groundwood Books
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May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I couldn't wait to pick this up being that it's a picture book about boating around in Brazil. Readers get an idea what it's like for Brazilians to travel everywhere on boat and the different people you meet along the way. Children will gain a little understanding of Brazil's culture, especially how their diet is mainly plant based.

The book to me sends a positive message about the journey
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Beautiful story and pictures makes you feel as if you are in Brazil on vacation.
What works: short, narrow trim size, with landscape orientation; the brilliant believable yellow as the unifying background of the river; visual motion throughout; text and subtext. In sum, a lot to look at and a coherent flow.

There are a few double-page spreads with gutter problems. But overall, a well designed enjoyable journey.
Relying mostly on a bright yellow pallet, the acrylic illustrations in this picture book originally published in Brazil have been digitized and then embellished in Photoshop. Readers will realize that there is much to see and do as boats of various size travel along the river. While there are different modes of transportation and even different paces at which the boats move as the seasons pass, it is clear that the travel concept is a metaphor for life's journey. After all, no one's path is quit ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The river is the way that everyone travels in Brazil. Crowded with boats, the river flows. There are two in a canoe, boats filled with potted plants and others that are bustling kitchens. Some boats are schools and others are stores. There are boats filled with shared music, while others sleep in the sun. Throughout there is a sense of community and happiness as life and the river flow by.

Starkoff uses only a few words per page. They invite readers to see the river as a place of connection and c
Amy Layton
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
What a beautiful book! Its size, those bright colors, the design--all of it is so well done!  The narrative discusses who can be found on the river, what boats can be found sailing.  Taking place in Brazil, this book also illuminates readers to alternative modes of transportation, social customs, and social norms.  There are many details and recurring motifs in this book, making it perfect for the child who loves detail.  Great for kids K-2, and perfect for kids interested in other cultures!

Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Starkoff, Vanina Along the River. PICTURE BOOK. Groundwood Books, 2017. $18.

Staroff evokes the brilliant sights and sounds of a tropical river, where everyone and everything happens aboard the rolling waters. The illustrations are the best part of this simple picture book. The text is repetitive without creating a rhythm to draw you in.

Pre-K – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher
Viviane Elbee
This book is nearly wordless, so the main appeal is the artwork - colorful and full of small details. The kids had fun searching the illustrations to see what was happening or what had happened since the previous page.

It’s set in Brazil, so it can be used for multi-cultural theme readings.

Good for kids who like boats.

Perfect for short story times.
I love the quiet, easy pace of this brightly-colored book. The message can resonate with any age: find your own way and be true to yourself. It's treat, too, to find the little quotes posted as signs on the boats.
Jennifer Strong
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, children-s
"Everyone travels along the river by ship or boat or canoe. You will have to search for your own way and your own rhythm while continuing to steer your course."

In this vibrant and colorful picture book traveling by boat is presented as a metaphor for life.
Originally published in 2014 in Portuguese as Pelo Rio. English translation by Jane Springer in 2017. Argentinian author/illustrator Vanina Starkoff has lived in Brazil since 2014.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: david
Love the illustrations!!
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Vibrant and happy. Would make a nice graduation gift.
A Brazilian picture book that introduces kids to another culture and way of travel.
Seema Rao
Bright, happy illustrations of the life one might find on boats on a busy urban river.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Beautiful illustrations, not really a story though.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Boring and repetitive.
William Luke
May 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love the illustrations, but the words make no sense for a children's book. My son lost all interest in what I was reading but did like to talk about the pictures. Illustrations get 5 stars.
Juliana Lee
No story arc... simply a leisurely trip along the river following your own dreams.
The book seeks to evoke the Brazilian river scene. Illustrations are well done, but i found them much too busy to contemplate.

a nice attempt, but does not tell the story well.
Alyssa Gudenburr
Aug 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s-books
I couldn't get over how strange the pictures were. Also very small for a picture book.
May 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Not Caldecott eligible (illustrator lives in Brazil.)
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful illustrations and I absolutely love the signs on the boats.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: skylars-shelf
Kind of cute, lots of different boats and interesting pictures for my niece to look at. A quick and easy read.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A bright and happy picture book.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Beautiful illustrations. But the text was too hard to follow.
May 02, 2017 rated it liked it
A cute picture book from Brazil about river life and the different goings-on there. Vibrant illustrations depicts different kinds of boats and people. Lots of details makes it perfect for rereading.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! Colorful illustrations throughout the book make it wonderful to look at. It is a simply worded book with a positive message.
Kristina Jean Lareau
Beautiful acrylic explorations about finding happiness in commmunity...along the Amazon.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This simple book of a journey and hope is one where the illustrations meld so seamlessly with the story. The colours bring to mine hope and adventures and bright days. Very popular with preschoolers as a read-along and for the vibrant illustrations.
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