Bibliographical Information: Locker, T. (1984). Where the River Begins. New York: Dial Books.
Brief Annotation: In this book, a grandfather and his grandsons travel in search of the beginning of a river (as the title states). The illustrations provide great detail into this simplistic story.
Grade Level: Pre-K-K
Readers who will like this: This book is a book I would read to children in the kindergarten age level because it leaves them wondering where this river leads. I found myself thoroughly enjoying the paintings in this book and would also recommend this book to older people as well.
Rating/Response: 4.5 I wish this book had a little more text with it but I really enjoyed the artwork in this book. I also enjoyed the concept of the grandfather going on this journey with his grandsons because it was very heartfelt.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Can you think of a time where you wondered where something began and ended? Something like a rainbow or a river? Who were you with and what did you do?
Reading Strategy: Questioning
Rationale for Strategy: This book prompts young children into questioning where the river begins. This book also provides teachers and students for a great discussion into why they think their ideas are correct about the beginning of the river.
Posted by: Brittany Billiet