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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Caldecott Honor winner Elisha Cooper invites readers to grab their oars and board a canoe down a river exploration filled with adventure and beauty.
In Cooper's flowing prose and stunning watercolor scenes, readers can follow a traveler's trek down the Hudson River as she and her canoe explore the wildlife, flora and fauna, and urban landscape at the river's edge. Through peril
Hardcover, 42 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Orchard Books
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Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tatiana by: Ala19
A strong Caldecott contender I think. This river journey encouraged a million questions and I myself was so enthralled that I kept reading long after my kid fell asleep (it’s pretty long, especially if you take time explaining rapids, dams and everything else.

Reminded me of Hello Lighthouse.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Picture-Books About the Hudson River, or Rivers in General
Beginning at Henderson Lake, in northern New York State's massive Adirondack Park, this lovely new picture-book from author/illustrator Elisha Cooper follows a lone canoeist as she paddles down the mighty Hudson River, traversing the 315 miles to New York City. Along the way she encounters many wonderful creatures, from a moose to a bald eagle, passes towns and cities of various sizes, and must get past rapids, dams and waterfalls. Sketching all the way, the canoeist is alive to the wonder aroun ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A journey in a canoe down the Hudson River from Lake Tear in the Clouds to the mouth at the Atlantic. Charming pictures and a lovely story. Recommended by a woman who lives and works on the banks of this incredible river. Lucky me.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Have you ever imagined traveling alone on the Hudson River on a canoe with an adventure awaiting you? A trek through the Hudson River by a single person on a canoe isn't an easy task. The story has a lady traveling on a canoe from one end of the river to another. The illustrations beautifully depict her adventure and dangers that she finds as she travels. The details are very detailed making you feel like you're the traveler. What was lacking about the book was that it didn't tell you all the to ...more
Cara Byrne
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure how my kindergartner would react to this book, with its advanced vocabulary and beautiful, but sometimes sparse watercolor illustrations, but we both hunkered down to adventure with this canoe-er on her 300 mile journey. We loved the "eager otters" and held our breathe when squalls and tugboats threatened her journey. It was a beautiful book and while many are noting it as a 2020 Caldecott contender, I'm not sure it will have the best luck due to its content and the strength of the ...more
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A travelogue, both gentle and nail-biting.
Mary Lee
One woman canoes the length of the Hudson River. Gorgeous illustrations.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are not enough stars for me to award this beautiful book. The breathtaking images of water, landscape, and wildlife are wrapped in a palette I want to live in. The reader is completely drawn into the solo canoer's journey, admiring her strength and persistence, curious about each new challenge and experience. Cooper's language is as descriptive and emotive as his paintings, and I was moved to tears at the finale of this adventurous woman's journey. Do not skip the author's note and take ti ...more
Although this picture book might not appeal to every reader with its slow pace, I was impressed with the text and the illustrations, created in soft watercolors and with incredible details. There are certainly many youngsters and adults who will read it and dream of doing just what the protagonist does, especially since the author keeps her nameless and doesn't reveal her purpose for the journey other than perhaps to test herself and get immersed in nature. The paintings on some pages are surrou ...more
Rachel Green
As a former environmental science teacher and lover of informational books for children, this one was high on my list and did not disappoint. I loved the layout of the text; sometimes in full-page spreads, and other times in smaller image sequences; alternating between the calm and turbulent stretches of the Hudson River. The watercolor was a perfect medium to represent the flow and movement of the water and the journey that our main character takes as she travels from the headwaters of the Huds ...more
Bonnie Frogma
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure I've reviewed a book here before, but oh my, I had to say something about this one. I work for Scholastic and got an F&G version after finding out about it through one of our sales reps (I'm in finance, and not high in finance, I don't always hear about books before they come out). Of all the books we've published in my 18 years at the company, I think this one may give me the most personal delight.

I'm an enthusiastic kayaker, and have spent countless hours on the Hudson and Ne
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A perfect size for colorful drawings of a canoe trip down the Hudson River from the headwaters to Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York City Harbor, and Sandy Hook Lighthouse. Highlights various encounters along the way giving readers a sense of the entire expanse. We can also imagine what it might be like to travel alone in those conditions.
Beautiful maps on endpapers that are NOT obliterated by a dust cover. Thank you, Orchard Books! Although photos and sketches not mentioned in the book (yet in
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A woman sets out alone on a canoe voyage. "Can she do it?"

This gorgeous book chronicles the trip, the challenges, the pleasures, the sights and the strength required. The reassuring answer, "she knows what she is doing," flows through the story like the majestic Hudson River itself.

Both the text and the beautiful watercolor illustrations are wonderfully done, engaging readers in both the small details of the journey and the larger experience of the overall experience. While the book
Brenda Kahn
Beautiful paintings depict a mom's solo journey down the Hudson River. Love the map on the end-pages as well as back matter notes. As someone who wears a life vest every time I kayak, no matter how short the ride or gentle the water, I was bothered by the fact that this boater only put it on when she saw a storm in the distance. Boaters sometimes do not have the luxury of time in an emergency, which can arise without warning. She clearly doesn't have it on in the spread where a tugboat nearly ca ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A book about a journey in a canoe by one woman alone down the Hudson River. It details the route, the sights, and landforms she follows. A quiet book but thoughtful of the dangers, the weather, sights and sounds she experiences. Muted colors of blue, green, browns, and white are watercolored in the illustrations. The story tells of the dangers and struggles along the journey by herself to the Atlantic Ocean and New York City. Not a good read-aloud book for small children as it has small illustra ...more
Stephanie Bange
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The perfect book to read on a lazy summer day...when you wish you could be paddling down a river to be cool.

As always, Cooper has done his meticulous research on the Hudson River and the wide variety of sights to see along the way from the source of the river to its mouth in the ocean. Stunning artwork, carefully drawn maps, and an exciting narrative describing the trip equal one interesting book.

Recommended for PreSchool - grade 3.
Lara Samuels
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Great artwork and the pace of the text mimics the journey down the Hudson. The text sometimes gets bogged down and is sometimes too detailed. Will likely appeal to families who spend a lot of time outdoors but otherwise not a lot of mass appeal. Might pair well as a read aloud introduction to survival stories for older readers (Hatchet/Paulsen, Williwaw/Bodett, White Water/Peterson). Extra purchase for a library.
Engel Dreizehn
ARC interesting tour down the Hudson river viewing both the natural wonders of this historical river and ending up in the waterways of New York. I found it interesting in the after note that yes, a river trip like in the book is possible but requires both quality fitness of both the boat + the rower.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
A lot going on with this text... the pacing feels a bit slow but perhaps the intent is to mimic the 20 day journey. Gorgeous illustrations.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The watercolor illustrations in the book were lovely, but the book is waaaaay too long to hold a young reader's attention.
So this book was beautifully illustrated but kind of dull and super long. Not really sure how to shelve it actually.
Note: I received an F&G of this book from the publisher at ALA Annual 2019.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty watercolor artwork in this picture book.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Really lovely.
Kris Patrick
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The whole trek seemed terrifying to me
Randi Kennedy
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. The journey described here reminds us that adventure and beauty can be found close to home.
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story of a canoe trip down the Hudson River- don't miss the back matter.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When you wander along its boundaries or cross over it in a vehicle, it's a partial point of view. When you walk along or live near its edge, your vision is a bit clearer. Your perspective shifts entirely when you sit in a canoe or a raft upon it. As you quietly paddle or quickly ride the rapids on a river, depending on the width or how close you are to the banks, you can see everything as if you are a part of it, instead of a stranger. You are now intimately connected to this body of water and a ...more
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