There is nothing like a magical myth to set kids’ imaginations off into the skies. This is exactly what kids will get with Boat Ride with Lillian Two Blossom. For over twenty years, Patricia Polacco has written and illustrated stories for kids, offering up lessons for life, tales to bring on giggles and grins, and cozy tales best read right before bedtime. With such a variety, kids will want more than one book on their shelves, and all of them becoming well worn over the years.
In Boat Ride with Lillian Two Blossom, two children are out by the river. William is trying to fish, and it might not be so difficult if his sister Mabel would be quiet. She continuously scares away all the fish with her constant questions. She wants to know everything and will not stop bothering William about it. She asks such things like, “Where does the wind come from?” and “What makes it rain?” Poor William does not know the answers – he just wants to fish!
But then an old woman appears and tells them that she can answer their questions. Together the three go on a boat ride down the river until eventually the boat sails off into the skies. The old woman is named Lillian Two Blossom, and as the boat flies, she transforms from an old woman to a young woman. In this form, she tells the children all about how the world works, from the howling wolves that make the wind to the caribou that
carries the sun through the sky. She has an answer for all of Mabel’s questions before eventually returning the children back to the earth.
Boat Ride with Lillian Two Blossom takes a bit of Indian mythology and weaves it into a tale for children. Kids will love some of the ideas presented here, such as fish flopping around in the skies are what causes rain. Polacco’s beautifully illustrated pages are covered in gorgeous color, such as the swirling blues of the river and the amazing imagery presented when Lillian takes the kids into the heavens. The sort of childrens books that adults will enjoy reading and kids love to listen to.