River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River

River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River

by Hudson Talbott


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The Hudson River has been a source of inspiration and a means of livelihood to all who have lived along its shores. It played a key role in the settling of the New World and the outcome of the Revolutionary War, and was the birthplace of the environmental movement. Now Hudson Talbott pays homage to the river that shares his name in a gorgeously illustrated, fascinating account of the river's history.

Each appealing spread sheds exciting light on the river's strategic, economic and cultural signifi cance. Packed with facts, timelines and maps, this is a wonderful introduction to a wide range of topics including the Age of Exploration, the Erie Canal, the Industrial Age, American arts and literature and the environment. River of Dreams is truly a book with something for everyone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399245213
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/22/2009
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 318,386
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Hudson Talbott (www.hudsontalbott.com) wrote and illustrated From Wolf to Woof, United Tweets of America, River of Dreams, and It’s All About Me-ow, and he has illustrated numerous picture books, including Newbery Honor winner Show Way (by Jacqueline Woodson) and Leonardo’s Horse (by Jean Fritz), an ALA Notable Book and a VOYA Honor Book. He lives in the Hudson Valley of New York and New York City.

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River of Dreams: The Story of the Hudson River 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
luigiloyola on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A well written and illustrated book about the history of our planet with a focus on a local river, the great Hudson RIver. Upper elementary students will find this book fun to read as well as a great resource for scientific research.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must be honest. I was not really interested in finding and reading this book. What did I care about the Hudson River? I was wrong. This is a fascinating story of a river and the life it has supported over the years, Native Americans, the Dutch, those who used its link with the Erie Canal, the railroaders, writers, artists, and, now, environmentalists.The pictures are beautiful paintings. The author also includes diagrams and maps and timelines to help the reader better understand the story.
Brasseur More than 1 year ago
Bought this book for twin grandsons (age 6) who shared a vacation with us along the Hudson River last summer. We had previously enjoyed the story and illustrations in O'Sullivan Stew by same author/illustrator and were not disappointed when "River of Dreams" arrived. The illustrations are simply wonderful and the text is both informative and witty. I especially like the scope of the story which combines history of the Hudson River and Valley and conservation efforts. This is a delightful book that does not talk down to the reader, regardless of the reader's age.
mysterybuff47 More than 1 year ago
Bought it to read to my grandchildren, so they can begin to understand local history, as we live in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
jcbatguilderland More than 1 year ago
For someone who loves well-researched history, exquisite art work and clever, effective formating, this is a perfect book. In 1624, My eighth great grandmother, Marie DuTrieux (B.04/05/1617-D.1671-1684)and her siblings sailed up the Hudson River and arrived in New Netherlands (in the area of what is now Albany, NY) with their parents Phillip DuTrieux and Jacqueline Noirettre. In the first section of the "River" timeline, it is noted that the "First Families" arrived in 1624. Notations about Peter Minuet and Peter Stuyvesant are also included on the timeline. Phillip DuTrieux was a "scout" under both. This beautiful book has great personal meaning for me since I have researched my family history quite thoroughly and I currently live very near to the Albany shore of the Hudson River. This beautiful, rich book almost seems out of place in these grim economic times, but it would likely bring great cheer to any lucky child or adult receiving it as a gift. I was thrilled to find it on display at Barnes and Noble. The cover caught my eye and held my attention for quite a few minutes. I would have loved it as a child even without knowing the connection to my family history. I also loved the Author's introduction. Thanks for producing an amazing work of art and an educational masterpiece.
WoodsmanJoe More than 1 year ago
The Hudson is a timeless river and this book is written beautifully for children and adults too. The artistry and poetry within this book are inspiring!!! I highly recommend it!!! On the aside, this has spawned a musical which is both timely and classical. I hope that everyone has the opportunity to see it!