In The Red Canoe is a beautiful story written by Leslie Davidson and illustrated by Laura Bifano. The gentle ballad throughout the book tells the story of a grandfather and his grandchild as they discover nature’s surprises while paddling a sturdy red canoe. As the red canoe glides along the lake, they watch beavers, admire duckling, catch frogs, observe an osprey and wonder at the beauty of dancing swallows as the sun sets. With nightfall comes twinkling stars and special wishes of many more adventures with grandfather in the red canoe. As the story comes to an end we are reminded of the fragility and beauty of our world and of the lives of our loved ones.
The first time I read In The Red Canoe to my children it was simply magical. The beautiful illustrations invoked a sense of wonder in us while the story beckoned us to slow down and appreciate the beauty of nature. My daughter enjoyed the rhyming stanzas so much that she pointed them out on every page, and my youngest refused to turn to any other page but the one with the frog on it. Truly, this is one of those books that I would be happy reading over and over again to my children.
Leslie Davidson, the author, lives in Revelstoke, British Columbia, with her husband and grandchildren. Her inspiration for In The Red Canoe came from her husband who is portrayed as the grandfather in the story. Leslie’s husband built a sturdy red canoe almost fifty years ago and his love for the outdoors has been passed down to his children and his grandchildren. No longer able to paddle the red canoe, her husband’s legacy continues on and is captured in the heartwarming story In The Red Canoe.
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The giveaway will close on Sunday, December 11th at midnight. Good luck!