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category: Children's Fiction
published: Sep 2017
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

In the Red Canoe

by Leslie A. Davidson, illustrated by Laura Bifano, read by Christian Down

tagged: multigenerational, boats, ships & underwater craft

Fish and herons, turtles and dragonflies, beaver lodges and lily pads—a multitude of wonders enchant both the child narrator and any other nature lovers along for the ride in this tender, beautifully illustrated picture book.

Baby ducklings ride their mama’s back; an osprey rises with a silver fish clutched in her talons; a loon cries in a star-flecked night. Rhythmic, rhyming quatrains carry the story forward in clean paddle strokes of evocative imagery. In the Red Canoe celebrates the bond between grandparent and grandchild and invites nature lovers of all ages along for the ride.

About the Authors

Leslie A. Davidson a toujours écrit, mais ce n’est qu’à la retraite qu’elle a enfin trouvé le temps de mettre sur papier les histoires qui lui trottaient dans la tête toutes ces années où elle enseignait et élevait ses enfants. Ses histoires traitent de ce qui compte le plus pour elle : la famille, l’amitié et la nature. Cet album lui a été inspiré par la passion de son mari pour le canot. Il rêvait d’aller explorer lacs et rivières aux eaux limpides avec ses petits-enfants, mais il n’a pas vécu assez longtemps pour le faire. Leslie vit à Revelstoke, en Colombie-Britannique.

Laura Bifano a grandi sur la côte nord-ouest du Pacifique, une région pluvieuse, où elle passait ses journées à courir dans la forêt et à dessiner. Depuis qu’elle a obtenu son diplôme de l’Alberta College of Art and Design en 2008, elle partage son temps entre l’illustration, les beaux-arts et les dessins animés.

Christian Down is a producer, musician and voice actor from Victoria, British Columbia.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
3 to 5
p to k
Reading age:
3 to 5
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Short-listed, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards - Shining Willow
Editorial Reviews

“The two make lasting memories in this quietly satisfying portrayal of a day spent together on the lake.”

— Booklist

“This would be a perfect story to read before bedtime or a quiet time with its rhythmic, soothing language…The illustration and description made me feel as if I was there with them in the canoe. This story clearly depicts Canadian lake life and would be an excellent addition to a school library and for a read-aloud.”

— Resource Links

“This book is perfect for sharing with young children during the late afternoon or evening when the weather is ripe for canoeing.”

— Canadian Children's Book News

“Told in gentle rhyming text, this is a loving account…of a serene canoe trip.”

— The Horn Book Online

“A girl and her grandfather greet the magic of nature in the bow of their canoe in this delicate and elegant tale...Bifano's full-bleed gouache illustrations are vivid but also mirror the gentleness of the text with soft colors and flowing lines...A beautiful introduction to nature that will succeed in storytimes and one-on-one readings alike.”

— School Library Journal

“Quiet, reflective, and steadily paced, this reads aloud well. The rhymes are smooth...and the rhythm steady, with a nice surprise at the end...A pleasant, peaceful reminder of the wonders that can be found in the natural world, just right for bedtime.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“A warm story of intergenerational companionship and nature's everyday delights.”

— Publishers Weekly

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