Paddle to the Sea - by Holling C. Holling - Beautiful Feet Books
1942 Caldecott Honor Title
A little hand-carved canoe, named Paddle-to-the-Sea, is the subject of this delightful story. Carved by an Indian boy, it is placed in the headwaters of the Great Lakes to make it's way to the sea. Traveling through all the Great Lakes and eventually the St. Lawrence Seaway, readers will learn about the history, industry, geography, seasons, tides, currents, locks, inhabitants, animals and more of this fascinating region.
About the Author: Born in Jackson County, Michigan, in 1900, Holling Clancy Holling graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1923. He then worked in a taxidermy department of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and spent time working in anthropology under Dr. Ralph Linton. During this period, he married Lucille Webster and within a year of their marriage accepted a position as art instructor on the first University World Cruise, sponsored by New York University. For many years, Holling C. Holling dedicated much of his time and interest to making books for children. Much of the material he used was known to him first hand, and his wife, Lucille, worked with him on many of the illustrations.