A River

by Marc Martin (Author)

A River
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

There's a river outside my window. Where will it take me?

So begins the imaginary journey of a child inspired by the view outside her bedroom window: a vast river winding through a towering city. A small boat with a single white sail floats down the river and takes her from factories to farmlands, freeways to forests, out to the stormy and teeming depths of the ocean, and finally back to the comforts--and inspirations--of home. This lush, immersive book by award-winning picture book creator Marc Martin will delight readers of all ages by taking them on a transcendent and aspirational journey through an imaginative landscape.

Publishers Weekly

In a quiet, contemplative outing, a child draws at her desk while looking out her bedroom window, which frames a view of her city: aSometimes I imagine myself floating along the river, swept away in a silver boat toward the horizon.a Subsequent spreads trace the girlas journey in a sailboat; in a neat detail, the boat initially appears as part of a mobile hanging in the girlas room, superimposed over the distant river in a way that hints at the interplay between observation and imagination in the mind of an artist. Working in watercolor, gouache, and other media, Australian author-illustrator Martin follows the blue river through an industrial area with smoking factories into farmland, hilly countryside, and dense jungle, where wild animals watch the girl from the riverbank. After she reaches the ocean, a storm creates a shadowy maelstrom of objects remembered from her journeya splatters and sprays of paint make the pages look almost wet to the toucha followed by a return to her bedroom. Itas a subtle study of how imagination allows children to safely explore the unknown without ever leaving home. Ages 3-5. (Mar.)

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Review quotes

Light on words, heavy on gorgeous illustrations that explore nature, and cities, and home.—Design Mom
Marc Martin
Marc Martin is an illustrator, artist, and bookmaker based in Melbourne, Australia.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 20, 2017

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