Original Story by Eric K Fairman
Illustrations by Emma Reinhart
Norman is a young gnome, only 8 years old, in fact. Of course, a single gnome year is equal to 10 human years, but despite that fact, Norman was a very young gnome, a child still living with his parents. One day Norman decides to follow the stream to see where it flows and sets off (a decision that was to bring his parents much worry). What happens next is why this story is told!
Eric Fairman wrote Norman Goes Down the River!! for Grade 3 students. It serves as a bridge between the fairy tales of earlier grades and the realism that 3rd graders begin to crave. The story takes Norman (and the children) on an exciting journey along a stream which has its source high in the densly forested mountain, down to the plains and from thence to the ever increasingly populated areas alongside what has now become a fast flowing river. At last, Norman arrives in a large city at the mouth of the river where it joins the vast ocean.
Throughout the story, Norman meets with different birds and animals that have homes in the ever changing environment. Geography and natural history, imagination and adventure all mix and ways both delightful and elucidating. Norman is sure to be loved by children and adults alike
Very highly recommended for Grade 3 students and for the Grade 3 student in anyone!