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Publisher's Summary

A young Indian boy from Nipigon country in the Canadian wilderness carves a twelve-inch canoe with a kneeling Indian figure and frees it to undertake a journey to the Atlantic Ocean in his place. He must stay home and help his father, but yearns to learn about the world beyond his life in the village.

Four years later, this tiny vessel reaches its destination ending a journey fraught with danger, excitement, and beauty. Taking the listener through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, Holling Clancy Holling (1900-1973) gives us a treasure chest of geography and natural science wrapped in an unforgettably beautiful story. This timeless award-winning book has been a favorite of families for over 60 years.

©1941, 1969 Holling Clancy Holling; (P)2004 Audio Bookshelf

Critic Reviews

"Holling's Caldecott Honor book, first published in 1941, finds new life in Bregy's reading. With a voice that ranges from smooth and lilting to excited and energetic, Bregy helps listeners follow the informative and sometimes dramatic adventures....A top-notch family listen." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Paul
  • Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  • 07-13-04

Highly recommended

A great story for the whole family. We listened to it as we drove from Winnipeg to southern Ontario. Little did we know that we would travel through many of the same cities (Duluth, Sault Ste. Marie) that Paddle to the Sea travelled through. This made listening to the book very exciting for the kids (and mom & dad). The narration is excellent and the music really puts you in the story. Of all the kid's audio books I've purchased this has to be the best and is the one the kids want to listen to over and over. Highly recommend it especially for family driving trips.

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  • Margaret
  • South Padre Island, TX, USA
  • 02-13-04

a great chil's story

A wonderful story of s child's imagination and a glimpse of the life of the Inuit. Great for the non reder or a car trip

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A classic story well told.


It's a privilege to listen to this classic story, well told, in the digital age.

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Excellent Living Book for Home School Curriculum

Would you listen to Paddle-to-the-Sea again? Why?

My children (4.6.8) have listened to it several times.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Paddle-to-the-Sea?

We especially enjoyed Bill, who repainted Paddle and added the metal plate.

Which scene was your favorite?

Our favorite scene was when Paddle was stuck on the island during the forest fire.

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Beautiful Story

I am so thankful we were recommended this book for my 7 year old! We have so enjoyed listening!! ❤️

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Living book

All of my children enjoyed this book, 9,7, and 5 years old. It moved along at a great pace, adding enough detail to be educational without damaging the excitement of the story. I feel sure we will listen to it many times!