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me and you and the red canoe - a great little book.

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please look for the great little book “me and you and the red canoe”. it was written by jean e. pendziwol. i created the paintings for the book. it is in its second printing and is being translated into swedish. isn’t that cool!? the book has received some great reviews. some links are here below:

groundwood books: https://houseofanansi.com/products/me-and-you-and-the-red-canoe

the book’s creation and outdoor studio: http://groundwoodbooks.com/phils-outdoor-studio-illustrating-me-and-you-and-the-red-canoe/

independent review: http://picklemethis.com/2017/08/31/me-and-you-and-the-red-canoe-by-jean-e-pendziwol-and-phil/

independent review with inside pages: https://pacifictranquility.wordpress.com/2017/09/09/a-book-about-the-wilderness-to-be-savoured-review-of-me-and-you-and-the-red-canoe-written-by-jean-e-pendziwol-and-pictures-by-phil-2017-groundwood-books/

the wall street journal the best new children’s books: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-best-new-childrens-books-1502479092?

best picture books of 2017 to connect kids with nature: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/lists/best-picture-books-of-2017-to-connect-kids-with-na/

5 star reviewed on amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/You-Red-Canoe-Jean-Pendziwol/dp/1554988470

5 star reviewed on chapters-indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/me-and-you-and-the/9781554988471-item.html

well reviewed at ebookfm https://www.ebookfm.net/read/pdf/wgzja/me-and-you-and-the-red-canoe.html

kirkus reviews: Free-verse poetry full of sensory details, evocative language, and repetition pair with scratchy illustrations in the greens, browns, and blues of the natural world to capture a morning of fishing from a red canoe. The first-person narrator and “you,” an unidentified child-adult pair, crawl out of the tent to a purple morning and mist on the water. The paddle dips “in and out, / in and out, / in and out.” They spy a moose, a beaver with a stick, and an eagle and its nest, and they hear the chittering of a squirrel. The sun comes up. All the while, the child has a line in the water: “You paddled. / We waited.” Though the text builds up to the landing of a trout, it doesn’t feel any more or less magical than the rest of the book, though the pace does increase to match the fight: “Then silver leapt from / water to sky, / soared from / sky to water / and landed with a splash / beside the red canoe.” The fish, fried in butter over the fire, is the “best breakfast / ever.” Pendziwol incorporates details for all five senses, inviting readers along. The verses and pictures are on facing pages, the former against a textured, painted-wood background, sometimes with a tiny supporting illustration. Illustrator Phil’s red canoe stands out against the nature scenes, though readers never spy its occupants up-close. Facial expression may be absent, but the emotion and wonder of this morning are marvelously clear. Evocative, lyrical, perfect. (Picture book. Ages 4-10)

the accomplished jean e. pendziwol’s web site https://www.jeanependziwol.com/

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