Song of the River
Joy Cowley and Kimberly Andrews
In this new illustrated Joy Cowley story first published 25 years ago, Kimberly Andrews re-imagines a journey of a little boy, Cam and his adventure as he follows a river from its trickling source all the way to the sea.
One spring morning the lad decides not to wait for his grandfather’s promise to take him to the sea but instead he listens to the watery voice of the first trickle, the waterfall, the leaping trout, the green and gold frogs as the stream becomes a river
that widens, deepens and joins other rivers. Then its voice is that of ‘big brass engines soaked in oil’,
growing louder at the wharves to become ‘the voice of salty wind and crying birds and deep, secret places where whales swim with their young.’ And all the while the river urges Cam to continue his journey until eventually there before him, ‘wild and blue and beautiful … and going on forever’ is …
A sea whose song is deep and wide and truly wonderful.
Back home again, the boy tells his grandfather of his adventure and once again receives the ‘One day we will go there,” response.
No matter whether the boy’s travels were real or imagined, his journey was filled with wonder.
Joy Cowley’s poetic narrative truly sings throughout and is made all the more powerful in the company of Kimberly Andrews’ superb landscapes executed in muted, natural earthy hues.
An awe-inspiring tribute to the natural world and to storytelling itself.