Holling Clancy Holling's lovely "Paddle to the Sea" was my favorite book as a child (it helped that we lived in Michigan at the time and I had visited all the Great Lakes on family camping trips). My siblings and I literally wore the book to shreds but I have a newer copy. It is still available in reprint,
as are Hollings other woondrously written and illustrated books "Tree in the Trail" (about a tree growing in the desert Southwest that witnesses natural and human history in that region)and "Minn of the Mississippi" which follows a turtle through her life along the river and it's delta. I have given all these books as gifts to children over the years -- they are some of the best parent-child reading available and appeal to kids of all ages as well as adults.
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