The insistent voice of the waterfall rings through the old north woods, beckoning a listening child back to the secret place she once shared with her grandfather. Its call mingles with the lively sounds of the forest - the birds and rustling leaves - in a reassuring blend of past and present, then and now. In this lyrical tale, the young narrator visits the cabin that her grandfather built and rediscovers the familiar woodland haunts they used to explore together. Now that Grandpa's gone, she wanders alone, yet feels a comforting sense of oneness with the forest. There are berries to taste and smooth stones to skip across the water. And best of all, there's a surprise waiting for her in Grandpa's special pool at the foot of the waterfall. AUTHOR: Joanne Ryder has written more than fifty books for children in which she blends poerty and science as she explores the natural world. She is a recipient of many awards, including the American Nature Study Society's Eva Gordon Award for Children's Science Literature. Richard Jess Watson has illustrated several distinguished children's books, including Tom Thumb, a Booklist Editor's Choice, and One Wintry Night, by Ruth Bell Graham, which won the C.S. Lewis Gold Medal in 1995. ILLUSTRATIONS: colour throughout
"There is much more here than a simple tale of a girl communing with the outdoors. There is the awakening of all five senses, a remembering of deceased loved ones, a connection to the past, and a hope for the future. The poetic language sets the perfect pace for this story about discovery and solitude while Watson's detailed egg tempera illustrations add the final layer to this beautifully crafted book."