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River Town

by Arthur Geisert and Bonnie Geisert

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1999
32 pages
ISBN: 0-395-90891-4

Ages 7 - 10

As in their earlier Prairie Town, Arthur and Bonnie Geisert chronicle activity across the seasons in a small Midwest town, this time one situated on a great river. Life in the unnamed River Town is linked inextricably to the river throughout the year. Grain grown by local farmers is shipped out on the river in the fall. In winter, the river becomes a playground for children and source of food for ice fishers. Spring brings the threat of floods to the whole community, and summer means boating and fishing, as well as the return of river commerce. The detailed etchings, inked in full-color, offer a wealth of activity for observant young eyes to notice in illustrations that are nostalgic without being sweet, depicting life in a still-recognizable time in the twentieth century. CCBC categories: Historical People, Places and Events; Seasons and Celebrations.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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