Kid Lit Love: In The Red Canoe

Hello Readers and Lovers of Picture Books!

Since I have a huge appreciation for book reviews, I’m on a mission to post one picture book review each month of a book I love.  I’m going to stray a little from posting reviews of 12×12 members books to focus on another category: Canadian picture book writers and illustrators.  In the Red Canoe is written by Leslie A. Davidson and illustrated by Laura Bifano.  It is published by Orca Books.

If I had to describe the picture book, In The Red Canoe in just five words it would be…a celebration of lake life!


As a nature lover myself, I am always searching for picture books that focus on the natural world and its beauty.  This book does that while at the same time, appreciating the grandparent/grandchild relationship.  The rhyme and meter is very well done.  What a great opportunity for young children to pick up on the concept of rhyming words.  What I loved about the illustrations was the different perspectives as we have the opportunity to experience nature from many viewpoints.  The words were poetic and well chosen and the story flowed from one page to the next.  There’s no better way to end a summer day at the lake than with this story and a cup of hot chocolate.  As a Canadian who loves my time at the lake, I feel this book captured lake life beautifully and can recommend it as the ideal late afternoon/evening story for parents and grandparents to read while reflecting on a day at the lake.

I am happy to add this to my library.Remember_-7


  1. The cover art is beautiful! 🙂

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    1. cynthiahm says:

      The interior art is equally beautiful.

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