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The raft / Jim LaMarche.

LaMarche, Jim. (Author).
Book Book (2000.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 28 cm.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2000.
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  • ISBN: 0688139787 (lib.binding) :
  • Edition: 1st ed.
Summary: Reluctuant Nicky spends a wonderful summer with Grandma who introduces him to the joy of rafting down the river near her home and watching the animals along the banks.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 May 2000
    Gr. 2^-4, younger for reading aloud. In this picture book for older children, bespectacled young Nicky has to spend the summer with his grandmother while his father works long hours at the plant. He's not happy: Grandma doesn't have a TV, and her cottage is full of books, drawings pinned to the walls, and fishing tackle. But when an old raft covered with sketches of animals drifts to the dock near Grandma's cottage, Nicky is intrigued. Grandma teaches him to pole up the river and drift back down. They rig a tent, Nicky sleeps on the raft on hot nights, and Grandma shows him her favorite swimming place. But most of all, Nicky gives himself over to the fascination of the animals that he sees along the banks and swimming alongside the raft: turtles, herons, foxes, otters, and raccoons. Finally, Nicky discovers the urge to sketch them. His rescue of a fawn allows him, at summer's end, to add his own drawing to the floor of the raft. The text floats above the double-spread illustrations that softly and carefully radiate natural details, making the images seem like wisps of myth and memory. The sunlight on the dock and in Grandma's cottage and the moonlight and dawn on the river are rendered with particular grace, while the figures of the animals are lively and direct. ((Reviewed May 1, 2000))Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2000 April #1
    LaMarche (The Rainbabies) filters an evocative tale of a summertime idyll in the Wisconsin woods through a series of exquisitely rendered pastel drawings. Equally adept at portraiture, landscapes and closely observed nature studies, he uses light adroitly; here he bathes his images in the bewitching glow of a riverfront dawn and dusk. Sent to spend the summer with his grandmother, an artist and self-proclaimed "river rat" living in a remote cottage, young Nicky believes he's in for a tedious vacation. However, his days quickly fill up with quiet adventures when he discovers a raft covered with drawings of wild animals. His grandmother teaches him how to navigate the river, then sets him free to explore; he soon begins sketching all the animals he sees, from birds and turtles to foxes, raccoons, otters and the like. LaMarche neatly sidesteps sentimentality as he spins his story, subtly and realistically chronicling the growing bond between grandmother and grandson. It's the artwork, however, that is the star of this show. From details such as the graceful curve of a bird's wing or the soft, quick outline of a raccoon's furry coat to mood-setting landscapes of a line of birches just visible through an early-morning mist or the masterful blending of lavenders and grays with a touch of pale peach to evoke the onset of dawn, LaMarche gets it all just right. Ages 6-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2002 June #1
    Nicky's summer vacation in the Wisconsin woods fills up with quiet adventures when he discovers a raft covered with drawings of wild animals. PW's starred review praised the "exquisitely rendered" pastel drawings that "bathe the images in the bewitching glow of a riverfront dawn and dusk." Ages 6-up. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2000 May
    Gr 3-5-This dazzling picture book is an artistic triumph. LaMarche introduces young readers to a visually resplendent, magical world that is nevertheless so real they can almost touch it. Nicky, a sweet, sullen little boy from a middle-class urban household, feels hurt and abandoned when his father deposits him at his grandmother's home in the woods for the summer. "Dust rose up behind our car as it disappeared into the pines," Nicky mourns to himself in the story's opening paragraphs, looking for all the world like a puppy put out in the middle of nowhere. After finding a decorated raft adrift in the nearby river, the child and his artist grandmother pass sun-drenched days floating on it. He credits the raft with helping him befriend a growing menagerie of preternaturally tame woodland creatures, all of which he incorporates into a burgeoning passion for drawing and painting of his own. Nicky's descriptive first-person narration supports the radiant, expressive illustrations that are the book's greatest strength; his eyes and face communicate an array of instantly recognizable childhood feelings. LaMarche imbues the beauty and wonder of nature with an otherworldly glow that leaves the river and woods gilt and gleaming, even after nightfall. Readers who see this enchanted forest through Nicky's eyes will almost certainly recognize it again for themselves in summers to come.-Catherine T. Quattlebaum, Bartram Trail Regional Library System, Washington, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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LaMarche, Jim. "The raft." New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2000.

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