Children - Picture Book
33 Pages
Reviewed on 08/25/2019
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Oh, for the simple joys of childhood and the child in all of us, especially in the summer. A family outing to the river, complete with tubes for floating lazily on the water and a sense of intrigue and adventure is all that’s needed to enjoy the warm summer sun. There may be some splashing and a dip or two when the tubes collapse and dunk the person nestled on top, but there’s lots to see and enjoy: the fish swimming just beneath the water’s surface, a seagull, a moose, an osprey and so much more. There’s also the friendly camaraderie of stories shared and jokes enjoyed. Other than the sounds of nature and the gentle rush of the water, there’s only the sound of voices sharing the moment.

Karen Henderson’s picture book story, Floating, is a gentle, relaxing tale of simple summer pleasures. Told in rhyming verse, the author leads the reader on a journey down the river, floating lazily on an inner tube. Wildlife is introduced as the tubes float along. It’s a journey of childhood pleasures for the child of all ages, as well as a journey of discovery and learning. The illustrations by Lisa Nicholas are subtle and charming and help move the story along. The plot develops lazily along the journey down the river and comes to a satisfying conclusion when the family climbs ashore, loads the tubes onto Grandpa’s truck and drives home, leaving the refreshing river adventure for another hot, summer day. This book is a little treasure to introduce young readers to the concept of finding pleasure in doing something simple, like floating along the river on an inner tube, rather than sitting in front of a high-tech device to be entertained.