The Secret River

By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings; Leo Dillon (Illustrator); Diane Dillon (Illustrator)
(Atheneum Books, Hardcover, 9781416911791, 56pp.)

Publication Date: January 4, 2011

List Price: $19.99*
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2011 Kids' Next List
“The Secret River is a beautiful story with the feeling of a folk tale. When hard times come to the forest and Calpurnia's father can't catch fish to sell, Calpurnia sets out with her dog to help. Following her nose, she finds the secret river, bursting with fish. With hard work, determination, and a belief in the extraordinary, Calpurnia brings better times to the forest. The Dillons' illustrations bring depth to the story, expanding the text and showing the magic and imagination present in Calpurnia's world.”
-- Marika McCoola, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA


Description
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon = pure magic
A depression era story that is just as timely as it is enchanting, this is a stunning picture book for the ages.
There's just not enough...not enough money, not enough food, not enough fish for her daddy to sell at the market. Hard times have come to the forest, but Calpurnia wants to turn them back into soft times. With her little dog Buggy Horse and a tip from old Mother Albirtha, the wisest person in the forest, Calpurnia finds a secret river and uses the pink paper roses from her hair to catch enough beautiful catfish to feed the whole swamp land --with some left over for Daddy to sell. When she tries to find the river again the next day, Mother Albirtha tells her, "Child, sometimes a thing happens once, and does not ever happen anymore....You caught catfish when catfish were needed...you will not find the river again." This story by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Yearling and literary icon Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is about living in a time of want, yet it is overflowing with riches--stunning language, mystical happenings, wondrous, wondrous artwork. Beautiful in all ways that a book can be beautiful, this unforgettable picture book is a classic in the making.



About the Author
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953) lived for 25 years in Cross Creek, Florida, the area that is the setting for "The Yearling," She is the author of several earlier novels as well as a memoir, "Cross Creek," which inspired the acclaimed motion picture of the same name.


Mem Fox is the author of many acclaimed books, including "Hattie and the Fox", "Time for Bed", "Hello Baby!", "Two Little Monkeys", the "New York Times" bestselling "Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes", as well as the adult title "Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever". She lives in Adelaide, Australia. Visit her at MemFox.net.

Mem Fox is the author of many acclaimed books, including "Hattie and the Fox", "Time for Bed", "Hello Baby!", "Two Little Monkeys", the "New York Times" bestselling "Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes", as well as the adult title "Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever". She lives in Adelaide, Australia. Visit her at MemFox.net.
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