CM . . .
. Volume XI Number 7 . . . . November 26, 2004
A young child launches a tiny paper boat and the story chronicles its travels downstream on its way to the sea.
Each two-page illustration in Beneath the Bridge shows the small paper boat as it sails under a different bridge on its way to the sea. The boat sails under a small stick bridge, then a fallen log, a footbridge, a covered bridge and finally, larger bridges. Along the way, it sails through countryside, cities, a harbour and out to the ocean.
The illustrations are a perfect complement to the text. There are so many details to look at that it helps keep young listeners’ attention. The repetition of "Beneath the bridge water flows. Where it's headed no one knows" and the rhyming text make it a perfect read-aloud. Hazel Hutchins and Ruth Ohi have done it again!
Pat Fay, a teacher-librarian at Beaumont School in Charleswood, MB, loves to dip her toes into running water.
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