Synopsis from HarperCollins:
Sail along five mighty rivers around the world and open up the giant fold-out pages to reveal incredible stories from history, mythology and modern times.
This gorgeous gift book will take you on a world adventure via the world’s greatest rivers. The Yangtze tells of dragons and dolphins, while the Rhine whispers about castles and Frankenstein. Explore pyramids, tombs and temples by the Nile, and search for lost cities and gold alongside the Amazon. And follow the Mississippi to hear of historic battles and dinosaurs.
Gorgeously illustrated pages fold out to reveal the full length of each river. Make an epic journey from source to sea and soak up the rivers’ amazing stories.
About: River Stories is a children’s nonfiction picture book written by Timothy Knapman. It was published on 6/8/2021 by HarperCollins 360, hardcover, 32 pages. The genres are picture book, children’s nonfiction, and science & nature. This book was intended for readers ages 6 to 10. According to the publisher’s website, “Harper 360 is our global publishing initiative, publishing books in English from HarperCollins UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and India offices and books in Spanish from HarperCollins Iberica and Mexico offices. We publish in all genres of adult, children’s and YA books, and in all formats—print, e-book, and digital audio.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading River Stories for my daughter’s bedtime on 7/29/2021 and finished it on 8/15/2021. It took me three nights to read 5 river stories to my daughter. In the meantime, we both loved to study the beautiful illustrations. I can’t decide which of the 5 river stories I love the most because I loved them all. In the Nile River, I was surprised to learn that Ernest Hemingway and his wife had two plane crashes and survived both times. It was also interesting to know that the Aswan High Dam took 25,000 people & 10 years to build it. The Mississippi River’s journey throughout United States was full of stories too. The sad story of Hurricane Katarina is forever in history. I only learned of Cairo, IL recently when I watched a movie on Huckleberry Finn so it was great to read about it even though it’s now known as a ghost town. The Rhine river was super neat when I learned that The Black Forest was the setting for The Little Red Riding Hood fairytale.
This book started readers with The Nile river. The page opened out four-page wide with three pages behind it. The Nile stories started from Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda to Sudan and ended in the Mediterranean Sea. Next up was The Mississippi river. Again 4-pages wide and 3 pages behind filled with many short stories. The stories started in Minnesota to Wisconsin down to Missouri to Louisiana and ended at The Gulf of Mexico. Follow next was The Rhine river. It started in Switzerland with mountains and The Rhine Falls to Germany and Netherlands. Next up was The Yangtze river. The river ran through the pages with stories from the beginning of the river to the end. The Yangtze river was full of mountains starting from Tibet near the Pacific Ocean to Shanghai, China near the East China Sea. This book ended with The Amazon river starting from Peru to Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean. The Amazon was filled with plants and animals.
River Stories was truly an awesome book for kids. The beautiful illustrations and mesmerizing colors took my breath away. I couldn’t look anywhere else. Every night before bed, my toddler daughter and I liked to look through the pictures in this book. She’s learning many shapes and sizes of boats, mountains, animals, colors, etc. The Yangtze river pages were so pretty. The green mountains and red/green dragons with black/white panda bear were eye catching. I loved the reminder about where rubber came from. That rubber tree illustration in The Amazon river was informative. Admittedly, many stories are new to me so I loved reading this book even more! I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author & Illustrators:
Timothy Knapman is a children’s writer, lyricist and playwright. His children’s books have been translated into twelve languages and include the bestselling Mungo and the Picture Book Pirates and its sequels. His stories have been heard on CBeebies Bedtime Stories and Driver Dan’s Story Train and he does lots of school visits and bookshop readings. (Photo obtained from the author’s Goodreads page and Info obtained from HarperCollins’ website. Book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
Ashling Lindsay is an illustrator from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her first book, The Night Box (Egmont), written by Louise Greig published in June 2017, was nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Illustration award, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and shortlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize for illustration. (Photo obtained from the author’s Instagram handle and info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).
Irene Montano is an illustrator based in Palermo, Italy. (Info obtained from HarperCollins’ website, couldn’t find photo).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to HarperCollins 360 for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.