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Riparia’s River

A lively story filled with information and action

Riparia’s River

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In RIPARIA’S RIVER, by Michael Caduto, 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.

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In RIPARIA’S RIVER, by Michael Caduto, 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.

Reviews:

“The spirit of rivers comes alive literally in Michael J. Caduto s charming new children’s book, RIPARIA’S RIVER. By gently teaching a small group of children about river systems and habitats, Riparia empowers the children to lead a community effort to restore an ecosystem badly out of balance. The combination of education, empowerment and action make the book ideal for inspiring readers to care about all water resources.” -Dennis L. Nelson, President & CEO of the Project WET Foundation

“This story will resonate with everyone who splashed in a stream as a child. Reading it, I was transported back to the warm, lazy days of summer chasing frogs and butterflies and wondering what all the green stuff was growing in the water. Riparia embodies the spirit of people everywhere who care about streams, wildlife, and clean water. ” -Paul T. Zeph, Former President, North American Association for Environmental Education

“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

“Riparia’s River is an eco-tale for children that teaches both the cause and the creation of solutions for non-point pollution of flowing water streams and rivers. 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 group of friends discovers their favorite swimming spot on the river is polluted, and harmful to the fish and animals that live in it. They are taught by a lady naturalist named Riparia what can be done to clean and repair the riverbanks and restore  clean river habitat. The children cooperate and work with a will, inviting others to help when their replanting of riverside plants project grows. Riparia’s River is a wonderful, empowering story for children who will inherit tomorrow the rivers, habitat, and creatures of today s ongoing stewardship. 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

Honors and Awards:

Skipping Stones Honor Award

Green Earth Award Honor Book

Reading Is Fundamental’s 2012 / 2013 Multicultural Collection

About the Author/Illustrator:

Michael J. Caduto is an author, ecologist, storyteller, and musician who presents programs and performances to children of all ages around the world. In addition to being the only environmentalist who has ever used CPR to save a chipmunk’s life, he is well known as the creator and co-author of the international best-selling Keepers of the Earth series, Native American Gardening, and Pond and Brook: A Guide to Nature in Freshwater Environments.

Olga Pastuchiv is a children’s book author, painter, and commercial illustrator. Whether working on a fishing boat in Greece or as a landscape gardener in New England, Olga is always painting. She paints things large and small, from murals and parade floats to illustrations for several poetry and botany collections and a cookbook. Her picture book Minas and the Fish (Houghton Mifflin, 1989) is about a fisherman’s boy she met on Karpathos Island. Olga lives in Maine with two cats.

Additional Information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 9 x 10.00 x 1.016 in
Pages

32

Illustrator

Olga Pastuchiv

ISBN

978-0-88448-327-4

Format

Hardcover

Author

Michael J. Caduto

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