Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Riparia's River

Riparia’s River
By Michael Caduto; illustrated by Olga Pastuchiv
32 pages, ages 9-12
Tilbury House, 2011

“It was a sultry summer day, the kind that would make a frog sweat if it could,” begins Michael Caduto. But when four children get to their favorite swimming hole the water is stinky and slimy. A wise woman named Riparia shows them what has happened to their river: a neighbor has planted corn too close to the river’s edge, and fertilizer is running into the water.

The friends come up with a plan to clean up the river by helping the farmer move a fence and transplant hundreds of wildflowers and shrubs, establishing a buffer along the river’s edge. This is a sweet book that emphasizes respect for people as well as nature.

Celebrate Picture Book Month! Review copy provided by publisher.

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