When Gretchen, Jason, Mark, and Daphne find their favorite swimming hole filled with green slime, they are horrified. A mysterious, almost magical naturalist named Riparia helps the children understand why the water became polluted -- and together they figure out what they can do to bring clean water back to the river they all love.
This lively story about non-point source pollution is filled with both information and action. Realistic, lush illustrations by Olga Pastuchiv illuminate the children's passion for their river and the ecosystem it supports.
"Pastuchiv's (Minas and the Fish) earth-toned paintings are dappled with light; her human characters have a rough, sketch-like quality, particularly compared to the more precise portrayals of wildlife and lush vegetation." -- Publisher's Weekly
"A fairy tale about water and a lesson on how kids can help clean up their streams and ponds -- long live Riparia!" -- Alice Outwater, author of Water: A Natural History
"Filled with lush, sun-splashed watercolor paintings of river and riverside habitat and the birds, insects, and plants that shelter there, Riparia's River is a beautiful teaching fable for children in elementary grades 3-6.... A nice community spirit message is embedded in the illustrations use of multiracial profiles for all the children, conveying the added idea that cleaning up our rivers and habitat is a global concern." -- Midwest Book Review
|7 - 11
|Michael J. Caduto
|Jun 1, 2011
|Tilbury House Publishers