Book Report: Paddle-to-the-Sea

Book Title and Author: Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling

Main idea of story: A young boy carves a wood paddler in a canoe and sets him off on a voyage through the Great Lakes to reach the Sea! Follow Paddle’s adventure as he visits a new location on every page!

Main characters in the book:

  • Paddle to the Sea – A wooden carving of an Indian figure in a canoe
  • Young Boy – The creator of the wooden carving who sets him on his course
  • Plus dozens of friendly supporters he bumps into along the adventure

Something unique and interesting about the story/book for readers to know: The art work on every page is vivid and beautiful!

Favorite part of the story/book and why: Paddle’s exciting journeys in sometimes risky situations keep you on your toes! You are exposed to the true nature of wilderness adventures – beautiful, life-changing, and even a bit scary!

Was this book entertaining, educational, amusing, etc?: Paddle to the Sea is a fun and entertaining story – you will find yourself rooting for him to make it through the Great Lakes all the way to the Sea! Along the way, learn about the communities, wildlife, and industries throughout the region.

Would you recommend this book?: Absolutely! This book is great for young or old and anyone in between!


Also, Check out this fun activity recommended in the book for families and/or students!



“Here is geography presented with freshness and originality and imagination. Younger children respond to the idea of the small canoe making its long voyage to the sea, older readers are delighted by the fine sweep of country the book shows them.”

The New York Times

“Striking at first sight, compelling attention to the last, this is more than a bright colored picture book. It carries a cargo of information and moves with a purpose. The little traveler will…teach many children many things.”

The New York Herald Tribune

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