Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Letting Swift River Go by Jane Yolen and Barbara Cooney

The story is haunting and sad and powerful. When the graves were moved it felt like they were taken right from my very ribs. 

And oh the fireflies! And the stars! And how the bridge connecting all that transient luminescence remained a constant!

The illustrations perfectly reflect and illuminate the story, from harvesting the ice to shuffling the graves to the sun leading the canoe along.

This book is for anyone who has ever sat in a canoe and tried to guess the secrets of the lake beneath the waves or had to leave their house and friends but still carry them everywhere.

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