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Along the River

Written by Vanina Starkoff

Translated by Jane Springer

  • 32 Pages
  • 9781554989782
  • 6.6875" x 11"
  • from grade P
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Caribbean & Latin America



Publication Date April 01, 2017

Boats of all shapes and sizes travel on the river, through the seasons, toward the sea. Who will you meet on the river?

This vibrant picture book from Brazil depicts the joy of the journey, showing in simple yet detailed illustrations the people you might meet along the way, the sights you might see and the food you might eat. Readers will delight in identifying recurring details when rereading. Reminiscent of the highly acclaimed Jimmy the Greatest!, which received six starred reviews, Along the River is a celebration of community bonds and shared experiences.

With strong social studies curriculum connections, Along the River introduces young children to an alternate form of transportation, as well as to some of the customs and culture of Brazil.


Vanina Starkoff
Vanina Starkoff is a graphic designer, illustrator and children’s book author with eleven books to her credit. She lives in Buzios, Brazil, and runs workshops teaching art to indigenous children.

Jane Springer
Jane Springer is the author of Genocide, part of the Groundwork Guides series for which she is also the series editor. She is a consultant in international development and has lived and worked in Mozambique and India. She is the author of Listen to Us: The World's Working Children and translator of the Portuguese-language books Nest Egg and Tales from the Amazon. Jane Springer lives in Toronto.


Star Review

"A feel-good journey of a picture book." Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review

"Starkoff’s message about piloting through life … takes on rich resonance when paired with the vision of life on the river, as people and boats of all shapes and sizes are carried along on the same current. Starkoff celebrates elemental human values: community, music, simple talk, food, and contentment." Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"Although the text is short and simple, the words are measured and flow like poetry. … A narrative with a good flow and strong illustrations that will draw young children in for a quick read or art prompt." School Library Journal

"On pages painted the color of ripe mangoes, vibrant illustrations bring zip to the otherwise languid experience of drifting down a Brazilian waterway." The Wall Street Journal