The story is about a little girl, living in a city who likes to watch the river through her bedroom window. As she sits there she imagines the journey the river takes as it moves towards the ocean.
The illustrations are a joy and my initial assessment that it might be a bit old for Ivy was immediately proved wrong when we read the book together and she was completely memorised by the pictures. The river moves from the city to patchwork fields, then through rolling mountains, over a waterfall and in to a jungle rich with animal life. Finally we move through mangroves of crocodiles before reaching the ocean and gazing at the sea life beneath the little girl’s imaginary boat.
The juxtaposition of the simple text and the rich imagery means that you can read this in 3 minutes or 30 minutes. Ivy loves all of the detail (particularly the cars in the city and the parrots in the jungle) so we tend to meander through the book at leisure.
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