My River

written and illustrated by Shari Halpern

A simple, boldly-colored first look at river ecology.

Simple text poses the question "Whose river is this?," while each successive spread introduces a living thing that makes use of the waterway. Frogs, water beetles, cattails and children put forth brief phrases such as "I need the river" and "I was born here," until the text concludes, "It's everyone's river." The painted-paper collage technique uses ample white backgrounds to provide a vivid contrast for the boldly colored creatures and large black type.

Contest Winner

My River won an art school contest for work dealing with environmental concerns. An illustrated glossary identifies the plants and animals that appear throughout the book.