The Way of the Willow Branch

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A storm rages. A branch breaks off a great willow tree and begins a fascinating journey through streams and rivers and finally out to sea. Then one day, it washes up onto a beach, weathered and smooth--now a piece of driftwood. A beachcombing boy brings it home and makes a mobile with it. This lyrical book encourages readers of all ages to observe nature and the journeys of all things in the natural world in a new and unique way. Instructions for making a mobile are included.

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Emery Bernhard is a published author of children's books. Some of the published credits of Emery Bernhard include Eagles: Lions of the Sky Level E (Into English), Prairie Dogs, Happy New Year!, and A Ride on Mother's Back: A Day of Baby Carrying around the World.



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PreSchool-Grade 2?A pleasantly bucolic journey with a little something extra. When a boy flings a willow branch into the air for his dog to fetch, it lands in a stream and begins its trip downriver to the sea. On its way, the branch is seized by a beaver, snatched up by an osprey, caught in a fisherman's net, and discarded. Washed up at last on a beach, it is found by another dog that brings it to another boy. That boy uses it to make a mobile hung with a beachcomber's treasures. It hangs in his bedroom window where it "...floats on the soft nighttime air, always home...and always on its way." The story, though unexciting, is simply and gracefully told. While there are some mildly dramatic scenes, the book as a whole is placidly idyllic in both text and art. Illustrations executed in gouache and colored pencil are stylized with a strong sense of design. The palette of blues, lavenders, and mauves appropriately conveys an aqueous serenity. Small, framed illustrations of details in the story are inset on the double-page spreads for added visual interest. The pictures will work especially well for group sharing. The last page gives instructions on how to make a mobile out of a driftwood branch. A soothing addition to use in a story time built around the theme of either trees or rivers and oceans.?Kate McClelland, Perrot Memorial Library, Greenwich, CT
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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