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River by Elisha Cooper
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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 Hudson 300+ miles to the confluence of the East River, into the New York Harbor and finally to the Atlantic Ocean. Decent back matter on the historical, artistic, and personal significance of this journey
and ecosystem, including the indigenous tribes native to the area as well as the artists that, like Cooper, were inspired to paint the river.

The length and vocabulary lend themselves to be best enjoyed by upper elementary school students, and I can see utilizing this text within a classroom setting, especially in a science unit. It would be a great compliment to a "Picture-Perfect Science" (NSTA Press book series) lesson where an educator could explain some of the more domain-specific vocabulary of river ecosystems (and possibly take a field trip)!

This book brought back great memories of my own personal lifetime lived on or a near a river system! 4.5/5

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Reading Progress

November 5, 2019 – Started Reading
November 5, 2019 – Shelved
November 5, 2019 – Shelved as: children
November 5, 2019 – Shelved as: children-non-fiction
November 5, 2019 – Shelved as: children-read-aloud
November 5, 2019 – Shelved as: children-stem
November 5, 2019 – Shelved as: children-stem-environmental
November 5, 2019 – Shelved as: children-stem-curriculum
November 5, 2019 – Finished Reading

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