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Under autumn leaves, a boy watches a beaver build a dam. One of the branches slips away, carried downstream by the river. Through the changing seasons, the branch makes a long, epic journey to the sea, before finally getting tossed back onto shore. Changed by the elements, the branch—now driftwood—lies patiently on the beach, until the boy discovers it once again.

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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
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Mary
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, I never realized how important a little thing like driftwood would be to nature. A really lovely story with nice illustrations. It takes us on a journey through the seasons and we see what happens to a stick that eventually becomes driftwood. Great read-aloud for 5-7 y/o.
Gretchen Taylor
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Super cool and informative, with beautiful illustrations - love the sharp/narrow focus that actually tells so much more
Tasha
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Follow the journey as a branch from a beaver’s dam heads downstream to eventually become a piece of driftwood on a beach. A boy watches in the autumn trees as a branch breaks away from the dam and takes a winding journey. It gets stuck for a frozen winter and then is loosened again and gets into the ocean. There, it serves as a perch for birds, gets caught in a net, and is once again thrown back into the salt water. When it eventually washes onto the beach, the wood is entirely transformed into ...more
Suzanne
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
This circular story follows a branch as it drifts from the mountains downstream to the sea, then back again as a souvenir piece of driftwood. Along the way that same branch encounters the changing seasons: autumn leaves, a frozen boulder in a wintry river, green reeds in springtime, and then the summer warmth of the beach. Warm colored pencil and ink illustrations capture the trip through the year and the countryside. Readers will see wildlife such as chipmunks, turtles, and seagulls when the br ...more
Shaunterria
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this quiet tale of a branch that escaped an industrious beaver and the adventures it had drifting downstream to the ocean. The amazing illustrations portray the diversity of fauna that come to rely on the bough during its journey, while also accurately depicting the changes the branch undergoes during its transition to driftwood. A great addition to science units about biomes and the interconnectivity of food webs for elementary age students, while the colored pencil and ink dra ...more
Jane
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Living in the desert, driftwood is a concept of which many of my students have no first hand knowledge. I appreciate the way author William Miniver describes how driftwood is formed. His description makes this book a great addition to a science unit. Charles Vess’ colored pencil and ink drawings help readers visualize things they may never have seen.
I would not hesitate to add Driftwood Days to my K-12 Christian School library. I will be including it in my Mock Caldecott unit this fall.
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Courtenay
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Truly delightful. As a nature lover and driftwood aficionado, I really appreciated this look at the "water cycle" of a piece of wood. So much has been done on the water cycle itself, and, increasingly, the plastics polluting our waterways and oceans, but not to my knowledge about the innocent once-living stuff that floats along on top. I also adored the colored pencil illustrations. Soft, simple, beautiful. ...more
Anne Lutomia
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author William Miniver tells a captivating story about a boy who spends his fall watching a beaver building its lodge on a river and finds a driftwood. The story also demonstrates the various purposes of the driftwood in relation to the ecology of rivers, oceans and beaches. Amazing illustrations by Charles Vess.
Jj
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Check out the notes at the back about driftwood, for those who are interested.
Alyssa Gudenburr
This story shows the seasons and the path a piece of driftwood takes. This would be best as a one-on-one story in order to appreciate all the details in the illustrations.
Ann Williams
Absolutely wonderful, reads like poetry. The illustrations are lovely and the author's note at the end opens the door to many discussions. Loved it. ...more
Miss Sarah
An elementary and up picture book about a piece of wood dislodged from a beaver damn that drifts down the river changing many other animals habitats and having positive environmental impacts.
Andrea
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
A lovely story. Beautiful illustrations, lilting prose, just a delightful book to share with a child.
Jason
A beautiful story about life cycles and amazing journeys and second chances with stunning artwork.
Peacegal
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cool! Wonderful illustrations tell the story of an important and so often overlooked ecological resource. I learned quite a bit about driftwood at the book's conclusion! ...more
Chris Jamison
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A wonderful story, beautifully illustrated by Mr. Vess.
Mary Lee
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, picture-book, nature
A circular story that highlights the ecology of driftwood. Beautiful illustrations.
Great Books
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ages-3-5
As a boy watches, a tree branch breaks from a beaver lodge. Over three seasons it travels to the ocean where the boy unknowingly discovers it again as a piece of beautiful, smooth driftwood. The richly shaded colored pencil and ink illustrations are accompanied by minimal, yet descriptive text which puts this seemingly insignificant event into ecological perspective. Reviewer 4
Norkett
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I grabbed this one as it reminded me of vacations on Lake Superior. It has much more in store than a day at the beach. We never knew the significance of driftwood in the ecological system. A real educational piece, lovely illustrations which look to be done with colored pencils, and the end includes a note all about the role driftwood has played over the course of time.
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