by Elisha Cooper
In Cooper’s flowing prose and stunning watercolor scenes, readers can follow a traveler’s trek down the Hudson River as she and her canoe explore the wildlife, flora and fauna, and urban landscape at the river’s edge. Through perilous weather and river rushes, the canoe and her captain survive and maneuver their way down the river back home.
WATCH and LISTEN to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and Hudson River Estuary Program education staff present a reading of River by Elisha Cooper from a canoe on the Hudson River (with permission from Scholastic):
If you can’t get enough of the book, you can see award-winning illustrator Elisha Cooper reading it himself for Scholastic by clicking here.
SONG: Row, Row, Row Your Boat (plus a few more silly lines added on…)
Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.
Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream.
If you see a crocodile,
Don’t forget to scream!
Row, row, row your boat, gently up the river.
If you see a polar bear,
Don’t forget to shiver!
Row, row, row your boat, gently by the shore.
If you see a lion,
Don’t forget to roar!
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