The cover of A River is gorgeous, embossed and decorated in blues and greens, and the illustrations inside, including the endpapers, use different shades of colour to great effect. Text is used sparingly and lends atmosphere to the story.
A River is a story of nature and all the places connected to the river. It starts at the centre of a city filled with traffic and factories, and wends its way past farms that look like patchwork, and into the lush green countryside.
Following the river further, we discover other landscapes with powerful waterfalls, bird-filled jungles, and croc-infested mangroves. Eventually the river reaches the ocean filled with fish and a brewing storm.
When tracing the river’s journey, be sure to look for the tiny sailboat and its adventurer, appearing on all but one of the double page spreads.
This is a book well-suited to inspiring primary school art, geography or environmental discussions, or simply learning about the world around us.
Title: A River
Author/Illustrator: Marc Martin
Publisher: Penguin, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 25 March 2015
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture book