Me and You and the Red Canoeby Published 01 Aug 2017
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In the stillness of a summer dawn, two siblings leave their campsite with fishing rods, tackle and bait, and push a red canoe into the lake. A perfect morning on the water unfolds, with thrilling glimpses of wildlife along the way.
The narrator describes the experience vividly. Trailing a lure through the blue-green depths, the siblings paddle around a point, spotting a moose in the shallows, a beaver swimming towards its home and an eagle returning to its nest. Suddenly there is a sharp tug and the rod bends to meet the water. A few heart-stopping moments later, the pair pull a silvery trout from the water, then paddle back to the campsite to fry up a delicious breakfast.
The poetic text is accompanied by stunningly beautiful paintings rendered on wood panels that give a nostalgic feeling to the story.
Me and You and the Red Canoe Reviews
Although I'm not a fisherperson - and it doesn't interest me at all - and this book is about going out onto a lake fishing, I still consider the book a work of art, both in words and illustration. It's written in verse form, and would be a wonderful sample of free verse to share with a tween or teen. Gorgeous writing. The illustrations are really, really beautiful, there's no white, and even the page of text has a background paint-y collage that's lovely. I love that the illustrator is "Phil." No surname. Both author and illustrator are Canadians. Highly recommended.
What a beautiful book! The style of the illustrations perfectly capture the Northwoods feel of this story of siblings sharing time together on a lake, while the lyrical text describes an incredibly peaceful and natural setting. As a native of Northern Wisconsin, this book put me right back at my family's cabin and evoked such wonderful memories. I will be reading this aloud to my elementary library classes as we head into summer and talk about summer plans.
Thanks to House of Anansi for providing me with a review copy of this title.
Highly recommended for home bookshelves and libraries.
Perfect to share with young readers as an example of descriptive writing, this gorgeously illustrated picture shares the perfect summer morning fishing on a lake. Using poetic language and acrylic paintings on wooden panels, the author describes waking up very early on a summer morning in the woods, enjoying hot chocolate by the campfire and the sights and sounds of rowing a canoe through the water to catch a trout to take back to camp. This is a beautiful book to add to any bookshelf!
In this incredible poetic picture book, two children wake up in their tents on the shore of a Canadian lake. Quietly, after drinking some hot chocolate, they head out onto the water with their fishing tackle and rods in a red canoe. Paddling quietly through the water, they see a moose in the shallows, a beaver repairing its home, and hear a chattering squirrel. As the sun rises the light changes and they see an eagle flying and an eagle’s nest. The children start to fish, battling and landing a trout before heading back to the campsite. The morning continued with fish for breakfast for everyone.
Pendziwol is a gifted writer. Her verse bring the Canadian wilderness to life with all of the creatures going about their morning business, the silence of the lake and the wonder of it all. The fishing is a dynamic contrast to the quiet of the morning, the battle with the trout and the final win. It punctuates the book much like the appearance of the animals do, in little bits of delight. Her poetry flows much like the water on the lake, clean and clear, quiet but not ever dull. It invites readers into exploration of their own in canoes and on lakes.
The illustrations by Phil are rough and rustic. They are painted on wood with nail holes and cracks running straight through the pictures. These illustrations suit the entire book perfectly, creating a feeling of natural warmth and timelessness.
A winning picture book for those spending their summers on lakes or those who only dream of it. Appropriate for ages 4-7.
Despite the overuse (in my opinion) of the phrase "blue-green depths," I liked the book. The jacket says it's about two siblings, but there's absolutely nothing in the text to say it's not a parent and child, or best friends, or any relationship at all - age and gender are not specified. In fact, if you ignore the last illustration, there's nothing in the pictures to say who the people might be, either.