Title : The Raft
Format : Hardcover
Publisher : Jim Lamarche

Inspired in part by his own childhood this gorgeous picture book from Jim LaMarche the beloved illustrator of A Story for Bear and The Elves and the Shoemaker tells the story of one stubborn boys unexpectedly wonderful summer on the riverThis is an imagination sparking story about appreciating the simple natural joys of the world and the people in it and about discovering and exploring ones own talents School Library Journal proclaimed This dazzling picture book is an artistic triumphThe authors note describes the similarities between his own life and the life of his protagonistNicky is convinced that his summer with his grandmother in the Wisconsin woods is going to be the worst summer everShe cooks food that he doesnt like theres an art studio where her living room should be and hes expected to do choresincluding fishing the most boring chore everBut one afternoon while Nicky is trying to catch their dinner a raft drifts down the river towards himThe raft has a calming magic about it affecting both Nicky and the wildlife of the river and woodsThrough the raft and the adventures it brings him on Nicky finds new common ground with his grandmother a fellow river rat who encourages him to explore his newfound talent for art