Holling Clancy Holling

A Caldecott Honor Book


Captivating illustrations in color and black & white


An Indian boy living along the shores of Lake Superior carves a small canoe with a “Paddle Person” in it. He names it “Paddle-to-the-Sea” and sets it on its journey from Lake Superior all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. As Paddle-to-the-Sea travels, we journey with him through all the Great Lakes, meeting boats and barges and seafarers along the way. Paddle even goes over Niagra Falls and through the locks on the St. Lawrence River. And after surviving all those adventures, it should come as no surpirse to learn that he eventually crosses the whole Atlantic Ocean and arrives in France!

A great book with a riveting story. I don’t think the natural and social life of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway has a better chronicler than Holling.

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