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In the Red Canoe

by (author) Leslie A. Davidson

illustrated by Laura Bifano

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2020
General, Multigenerational, Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2016
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2016
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2020
    List Price
  • Downloadable audio file

    Publish Date
    Sep 2017
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
  • Reading age: 3 to 5


Fish and herons, turtles and dragonflies, beaver lodges and lily pads—a multitude of wonders enchant both the child narrator and any other nature lovers along for the ride in this tender, beautifully illustrated picture book. Baby ducklings ride their mama’s back; an osprey rises with a silver fish clutched in her talons; a loon cries in a star-flecked night. Rhythmic, rhyming quatrains carry the story forward in clean paddle strokes of evocative imagery.
In the Red Canoe celebrates the bond between grandparent and grandchild and invites nature lovers of all ages along for the ride.

About the authors

Leslie A. Davidson a toujours &eacutecrit, mais ce n’est qu’&agrave la retraite qu’elle a enfin trouv&eacute le temps de mettre sur papier les histoires qui lui trottaient dans la t&ecircte toutes ces ann&eacutees o&ugrave elle enseignait et &eacutelevait ses enfants. Ses histoires traitent de ce qui compte le plus pour elle : la famille, l’amiti&eacute et la nature. Le canot rouge lui a &eacutet&eacute inspir&eacute par la passion de son mari pour le canot. Il r&ecircvait d’aller explorer lacs et rivi&egraveres aux eaux limpides avec ses petits-enfants, mais il n’a pas v&eacutecu assez longtemps pour r&eacutealiser son r&ecircve.

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Laura Bifano a grandi sur la c&ocircte nord-ouest du Pacifique, une r&eacutegion pluvieuse, o&ugrave elle passait ses journ&eacutees &agrave courir dans la for&ecirct et &agrave dessiner. Depuis qu’elle a obtenu son dipl&ocircme de l’Alberta College of Art and Design en 2008, elle partage son temps entre l’illustration, les beaux-arts et les dessins anim&eacutes. Elle vit &agrave Vancouver.

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Editorial Reviews

“Told in gentle rhyming text, this is a loving account…of a serene canoe trip.”

The Horn Book Online

“The two make lasting memories in this quietly satisfying portrayal of a day spent together on the lake.”


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