As Strong as the River

by Sarah Noble (Author)

As Strong as the River
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Little cub wants to be big and strong like all the other bears because there's nothing bigger or stronger than a bear... or is there?

Join this curious bear cub as it learns from its mother how to hunt, fish, scratch and be patient in this beautiful debut picture book from Sarah Noble. Touching on themes of nature, nurture, and the importance of family, this is the perfect story for any curious young reader starting to question the world around them. In the vein of a classical animal picture book, As Strong as the River is designed to be the perfect bedtime story reading for parents and children.
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Publishers Weekly

A brown bear tells her cub about the majesty of a river in this gentle picture book debut. Relayed in a first-person perspective, the narrative follows a diminutive russet-colored cub who believes it is already big and strong--and that it will one day be the biggest and the strongest. According to the young ursine, "there's nothing bigger or stronger than bears." Mama disagrees with this assessment, underlining the river's dominance as she leads the cub through the day: instructing it in how to pick berries, crossing the river with the cub on her back, conveying the importance of patience over strength when fishing, and helping the cub "find our special backscratching tree." Layered art in rich tones highlights natural landscapes, while fine etched lines add engrossing detail. A nature-respecting read with an emphasis on an edifying parent-child relationship. Ages 3-7. (Mar.)

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Review quotes

Shortlisted for the 2023 Magnolia Book Awards

"When our children explore and question the world around them, it's important that they honor the simultaneous beauty and danger of nature. This is a perfect book to open those discussions, and couldn't be a better read before a nature hike! (Though also enjoyable at bedtime."
—Little Cub Literacy

"A beautiful story from a Cubs perspective about life lessons you learn from your mother, and how some things you have to learn alone."
—Bookworm Home

"The textures and pencil strokes make my heart flutter! Beautifully done! I love stories where mama and littles are best friends."
—Christy Mandin

"A masterful piece of storytelling and one that will lodge itself in your heart."
—Book Bairn

"A lovely, comforting story combining family love and relationships with an introduction to the wonder of nature...the links between the nurturing of nature and the nurturing of family are subtly and gently portrayed and this would be a lovely story to share at bedtime."
—Library Lady

"This book beautifully showcases the mutual love between a mother and child, and I'll certainly cherish reading this book to my daughter over and over again through the years!"
—The Blossoming Bibliophile
Sarah Noble
Sarah Noble is an American illustrator/author with a passion for color, composition, and storytelling. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Brigham Young University and a Masters in Children's Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art in the UK. She enjoys creating narratives using a variety of techniques, including pen & ink, watercolor, and oil pastels. She loves exploring the relationship between text and illustration, as well as the process of creating a world with memorable characters. Much of Sarah's inspiration is drawn from nature and unique, atmospheric, or moody environments. Her goal is to create beautiful, thought-provoking narratives that resonate with both young and old audiences
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Nobrow Press
Publication date
March 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV002030 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Bears
JUV013060 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
JUV029010 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | Environment
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Mother and child
Children's stories
Nature stories

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