This is a song-based book with the lyrics and tune at the back, making it perfect for daycare, kindergarten and new entrant classrooms. This book has lots of imagery of the New Zealand Summer that tamariki can relate to, with the children floating down the river on a blow up tube, while mum and dad paddle in a canoe, with the family seeing lots of native birds and plants. This book is full of Kiwi culture, which is enhanced by the beautiful illustrations from Emily Boswell. The words and music flow really well and the illustrations give that same calming feeling of a lazy Summer afternoon. This will be a hit with young children I am sure!
Title: Floating Down the River
Author: Simon Stanley (based in Nashville)
Illustrator: Emily Boswell
Publisher: Yellow Mellow Moose
Publication: December 2021
Ages: 0-6 years
Any advisory warnings? No
Reviewer: Angela Thompson, Library Lead Teacher, Remarkables Primary School, Queenstown
How are you recommending this book? Recommended
We went floating down the river
floating down the river….
us two kids in a blow-up tube
mummy and daddy in a blue canoe
floating down the river
floating down the river today.
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