________________ CM . . . . Volume XI Number 7 . . . . November 26, 2004

cover Beneath the Bridge.

Hazel Hutchins. Illustrated by Ruth Ohi.
Toronto, ON: Annick Press, 2004.
24 pp., pbk, & cl., $8.95 (pbk.), $19.95 (lib. bnd.).
ISBN 1-55037-858-9 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55037-859-7 (lib. bnd.).

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 2-6.

Review by Pat Fay.

***½ /4

A young child launches a tiny paper boat and the story chronicles its travels downstream on its way to the sea.

Beneath the bridge water flows.

Where it's headed, no one knows.

Frogs goggle, rushes grow.

Insects hover to and fro.

Who is swimming, who is resting?

Who is flying, fishing, nesting?


Buildings snuggle by the shore-

A house, a church, a grocery store.

Look, oh look! A red canoe

Has saved my boat. They like it too!

Travelling merrily along - my small boat.

 

internal art

     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!

Highly Recommended.

Pat Fay, a teacher-librarian at Beaumont School in Charleswood, MB, loves to dip her toes into running water.

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