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Blue’s river is dying. For centuries, the river has taken great care of people and other living beings, always giving them what they needed. Now the river has reached the point where it cannot give anymore. Can a ten-year-old girl and a 400-year-old Great Blue Heron save Blue’s river?
“I read a lot of books in my youth and how this book is written reminded me of some of my favorite book series I read as a girl. The book is engaging and informative in a way that is easy for young readers to understand. It is definitely the type of book that you don’t want to put down. At the end of every chapter, historical facts are included which I think is a nice touch. There’s a vocabulary section at the end which is helpful for the young readers who are unsure of terms used related to the water i.e. estuary, aquifer, watershed. My favorite part of the book is at the end – there’s a “How you can protect and conserve water” section that provides some insight on what you can do at home to help the environment. I definitely recommend the book for young readers. I actually think it would be a great book used in classrooms for the students who are learning Delaware history.” Connor Lee Graham, Delaware Public Archives
Blue’s River truly is a fabulous story – such a wise way to tell the history of water and warn about today’s challenges! Lynn Edler, Teacher of English
Blue’s River is a well crafted blending of three different stories with both social and environmental issues in play. Andie, a fifth grader, is learning about herself and the environment she lives in thanks to ‘Blue’. The author, a retired master teacher, included a section at the end of each chapter to offer deeper explanations to enrich the reading experience without slowing down the story and has illustrations throughout the book to spark one’s imagination. An excellent choice for reader’s of all age levels. Mike Sampere, Social Studies Teacher.
Great book for 7+ a wonderful story with a lot of history and the environment knowledge easy for kids to understand. Dennis Brennan.
I just finished reading it cover to cover, in one sitting. It is wonderful! The trip through history was informative and very easy to read. I laughed, smiled, and learned a lot. The Diving Deeper sections were a great idea. This would be important as part of a language arts/reading/science curriculum. This is such an important topic! Judy Martin, Executive Director of Bowers Beach Maritime Museum
Kathleen Marie Doyle has a particularly strong concept in Blue’s River… I genuinely thought this book to be stellar… I hope she will continue to educate on the issue [of watersheds]… Doyle has produced a wonderful story here, and I hope she’ll bring the same fire to the next book she sends us. Judge, 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.