A River by Marc Martin

Reading A River is like being in someone else’s dream. As the languid waterway meanders through city, fields, forests and waterfalls you succumb to the rich patterns and serpentine serenity that feels almost meditative.

A child is drawing in their room by the window below which the river is flowing and he or she fantasises about being in a boat on it. As the scenery gently changes the child feels at one with it, exploring a wonderful world through their creativity and artwork. Back in their room, we see motifs and objects that have inspired the child.

This is a really beautiful book to be treasured and inspired by, for children from 3 and up.

Alexa Dretzke is a Children’s & YA Book Specialist at Readings Hawthorn.