The Secret River

The Secret River 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 eno

  • Title: The Secret River
  • Author: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Leo Dillon Diane Dillon
  • ISBN: 9781416911791
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 timeMarjorie 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, sometimes a thing happens once, and does not ever happen any 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.

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    About “Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Leo Dillon Diane Dillon

    • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Leo Dillon Diane Dillon

      Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was an American author who lived in rural Florida and wrote novels with rural themes and settings Her best known work, The Yearling, about a boy who adopts an orphaned fawn, won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939 and was later made into a movie of the same title, The Yearling The book was written long before the concept of young adult fiction, but is now commonly included in teen reading lists.



    590 thoughts on “The Secret River

    • I loved almost everything about this book And I don t love fishing but I certainly appreciate and understand its necessity in cases such as this Calpurnia is a wonderful heroine bright, brave, resourceful, kindhearted, and intuitive I adore her poems I love her kindness to all animals, even those that others would deem too scary or dangerous Buggy horse is such a charming companion for her adventures I especially appreciate stories where children help adults in trying times and this story shines [...]


    • Calpurnia loves to think up rhymes and spend time with her dog Buggy horse When her father tells that times are hard for everyone, she decides to find some fish in order to help out After getting directions from a neighbor, she finds a secret river where fish abound She catches plenty but then must make her way home in the dark As she encounters an owl, a bear, and a panther, she offers them fish in order to pass safely Her father is able to sell the fish, enabling its buyers to find the strengt [...]


    • Any book that gives me goosebumps gets five stars Did you see the face in the forest Did you see the hands in the bear grass Did you see the fish in the leaves Did you see Mother Albirtha s necklace change expressions Did you see the chairs at Calpurnia s house repaired in two different ways happy sigh I love the tonal shifts in color throughout the book, from thin gray dawn to golden green afternoon to golden brown sunset to deep blue night I love the folkloric narrative arc of the story, too I [...]


    • The first solid Caldecott contender for 2012, Leo Diane Dillon have done some of their best work in this retelling of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Newbery Honor book from 1958 Many of the almost full page illustrations contain many hidden images that further enrich the already strong and solid story Rawlings story of a young girl, Calpurnia, and her dog setting out to find the answer for her small town s financial issues is one that is relatable to todays financial and economic situation Leo Dia [...]


    • This is a classic by the renowned author, Marjorie Kinnans Rawlings I d never seen the book before so was intrigued It was a profoundly beautiful tale of a young girl who decides to help her father whose business has been stricken by the Great Depression With a little magic and a lot of imagination, she makes a miracle happen I found myself near tears at points in this book, perhaps because the child is so selfless, her intentions so pure The illustrations are equally magical, reflecting the exo [...]


    • Absolutely wonderful My daughter still yearns for picture books over chapter books with spot illustrations here and there, but she s old and ridiculously bright enough to want stories with depth and substance than is to be found in shorter children s books intended for limited attention spans This book is a fantastic bridge from child to kid literature The entire family was enchanted by this sweet, mystical tale of a girl who wants to do her part to turn hard times into soft.


    • A girl, whose father needs fish to sell in his market, sets out to find the magical secret river Short and sweet Lovely illustrations.


    • I haven t read the original version of The Secret River, which the afterward to this edition says is slightly longer , but I definitely do plan on reading it someday Leonard Weisgard s illustrations for the story must be some incredible sight to see, and I m sure well worth the effort required to track down a used copy of the book This is the new edition I m reviewing here, however, and so I will focus on what I saw from this version Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is an author nonpareil She worked won [...]


    • Luminously illustrated by the Dillons, this new version of a classic children s book truly shines The only children s book written by the author of The Yearling, this story is about Calpurnia, a young girl who is a poet She woke up one gorgeous morning and found that she had a journey ahead of her Her father told the family that he had no fish to sell in his fish market So Calpurnia decided to catch some fish herself She made roses out of crepe paper for bait and then headed to get advice from M [...]


    • I agree with the review by Marika, who said The Dillons illustrations bring depth to the story, expanding the text and showing the magic and imagination present in Calpurnia s world The cover art intrigued me right away, I could hardly walk by without picking this one up I don t know how this book stands up against others this year, Caldecott wise, but it may just get a nod from the Coretta Scott King committee.The entire book follows the same pattern illustratively one full page illustration, w [...]


    • I read the original 1955 edition of this children s book, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard, after a fascinating lecture on the origins of the book and the differences between the Weisgard method of illustrating it and the illustrations in the new 2011 release of the book The story was published posthumously, and there is some indication that Rawlings intended to turn the story into a longer young adult novel, like The Yearling Beautifully written, the story follows a young black girl named Capurn [...]


    • This is a re issued book of the author s 1956 Newbery honor award winning book of the same title.In lush illustrations, the story of Calpurnia and her dog Buggy horse unfolds Deep in the dark forest of Florida is a community reliant on each other If one fails, like a domino they are all impacted.Hard times occurred in the forest The rivers carrying fish for Calpurnia s father to sell have all gone dry Hard times hit harder for poor people Calpurnia wondered how she could possibly help her father [...]


    • This is a wonderful tale, accompanied by gorgeous illustrations for this 2011 reprint of the classic Newbery Honor story The story is heartwarming, with a young girl who finds a way to contribute to her family that ends up helping a whole community The illustrations are so expressive and magical, we found ourselves just pausing our reading of the tale and staring at them, pointing out the different things we saw This is a book that deserves a second look once you have read the story Go back and [...]


    • After reading the wonderful book by Kris Radish called A Grand Day to Get Lost which revolved around the life of Marjorie Rawlings winner of the Pulitzer for The Yearling , I became infatuated with Rawling s life I found The Secret River which was the only book Rawlings wrote specifically for children The copy I read was beautifully written with gorgeous illustrations by the talented Dillon artists The story is written like a folktale A young girl wants to find the secret river so she can catch [...]


    • Calpurnia is a young poet full of beautiful words and images Unfortunately her family is poor and her father has fallen on hard times because he is unable to find any fish to sell Calpurnia wants to make things soft again so she sets out to find fish for her father The local fortune teller tells Calpurnia to follow her nose and that s just what she does to find a secret river full of fish Along the way home Calpurnia runs into some trouble, but she is a resourceful girl and figures out a solutio [...]


    • A Leo Diane Dillon cover will make me pick up a book and, if it s a picturebook, take it home before I even open it The Secret River is 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 catch fish and help her father Following her nose, she finds the secret river, bursting with fish.With hard work, determination, and belief in the extraordinary, Calpurnia brings softer times to th [...]


    • Both the story and illustrations are wonderful Calpurnia is a smart and kind little girl When her family is in trouble because her father is unable to catch fish, she wants to help Mother Albirtha, the wisest woman in the village, tells her to follow her nose and she will find the secret River where plenty of fish will bite So Calpurnia does exactly that I love how literally she follows the woman s advice She finds the secret river and catches many fish Then this kind hearted and brave girl, sha [...]


    • Calpurnia is a delightful, innocent girl who finds her family affected by hard times Her father is a fisherman who can t find fish and as a result the locals of the forest don t have food to eat or energy to work Calpurnia turns to the local wise woman for help Mother Albirtha tells Calpurnia of the secret river that is teeming with fish, especially catfish She tells Calpurnia to follow her nose to find this mysterious river Calpurnia does and good things happen as a result This recently release [...]


    • Calpurnia s family is having hard times Her father is not catching any fish Calpurnia speaks to a friend, a fortune teller and she tells Calpurnia about a secret river that is filled with fish Calpurnia goes to the secret river and returns home with so many fish she can hardly carry them On the way home, she encounters several predators who each accept a fish before walking away Bringing the fish home ends the hard times for the family and their neighbors Mother Albirtha rocked back and forth.Sh [...]


    • The secret river, text by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, ill Leo Dillon Diane Dillon is a wonderful story with lush illustrations One morning at breakfast, Calpurnia s father anounces that hard times have come I make an honest living selling fish to other poor people Now there are no fish Nobody can catch any fish I shall have to close my fish market, and things will go hard with all of us When Calpurnia hears from Mother Abirtha about a secret river with lots of fish, she and her dog Buggy Horse go [...]


    • Reading this book to students is wonderful because they might be able to relate to Calpurnia who writes poems about the life around her It s also good to read to students because they might be able to relate because the little girl wants to help her parens out since they have fallen to hard times As a child, I would have related to this book because I wanted to help my parents out when they didn t have money and this little girl finds a way to help them and maybe students will relate too.


    • This lovely story, brought back to life by the Dillons is enchanting Leo and Diane Dillon are the perfect illustrators for the charismatic tale told by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and originally published in 1956 Such a delight for the eyes as well as the ears, the character Calpurnia and her dog, Buggy Horse are timeless in their longing, their innocence and their growing understanding of life and value.


    • Charming chapter book filled with the wonder and magic of the Florida outdoors Tale of Calpurnia and her faithful dog Buggy horse searching the deep forest for the secret river Whimsical 1950s illustrations by Leonard Weisgard enhance this story the only children s story written by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings My favorite line spoken by Calpurnia to Buggy horse, Wake up, my dear dog I have a feeling something special is going to happen today What a lovely thought to have every day


    • A beautiful book Calpurnia and her sweet dog, Buggy horse, help her father by catching fish in a secret river I enjoyed the story, which has a wonderful voice and rich descriptions I also enjoyed the artwork and use of color the illustrations are beautiful and add quite a bit to the story This is like an illustrated chapter book the text is long and fairly advanced I recommend this book for students in grades 4 5.


    • Leo and Diane Dillon have done beautiful work with these illustrations Originally illustrated by Weisgard when published in 1956 The story itself is for older readers due to its length Calpurnia is on a mission to find fish to alleviate the hard times that have come to her poor family s rural town and, in particular, her father s fish market A modern folktale with magical elements.


    • Maybe a 4.5 for me lyrical story with beautifully done illustrations As with all the Dillons works, there is than first meets the eye with these images fish motifs in the trees, faces on the trees, etc I d like to read the older version of this tale, but this newer one is gorgeous And Rawlings can write.


    • had no idea it was a newbery honor book before our roadtrip me and rosanna wanted to read the yearling because we were going to marjorie kinnan rawling s house, but that book is way too long, so we read this one instead not great, but visiting her house in northern florida was really cool and we got the tour from a genuine florida cracker


    • Oh, I want this one I d read it to the preschool class during the whole of rest time, and if I did it right, they would not stir, even if it took a second day to finish There are large illustrations that would interest children sitting around a teacher and smaller illustrations, patterns and details to reward individual readers, too It s beautiful.


    • Magical folktale with beautiful illustrations This rerelease won the Newbery Honor in 1956 for Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and should be a strong contender for the Caldecott Medal Leo and Diane Dillon s illustrations are enchanting and hold their own secrets.



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