Big Day on the River by Sarah Wilson

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A little girl looks forward to her first solo raft ride on the river, but her well-meaning relatives don’t want to leave her alone.

At dawn, Willie danced her way to the river, joyful to be alone and grinning ear-to-ear.
“Yow-eee!” she shouted. “My first day out on the Wallawatchee, and nobody’s here to tell me what to do or how to do it!

Willie can’t wait to take her raft out on the river for the first time. Her loving relatives want her to have a wonderful trip, so they load the raft with everything she might need: watermelons and lemonade, sun umbrellas and warm blankets, and even a camp stove. There’s hardly enough room left for Willie!

But this resourceful girl isn’t about to let anything sink her plans—not even her wonderful family. She’ll have her own riotous river adventure yet!

Bestselling author Sarah Wilson has created an irresistible story about a spunky little girl’s first steps toward independence.

About Sarah Wilson

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Sarah Wilson is the author, and sometimes the illustrator, of many books for children, including Love and Kisses. She lives in Danville, California.Randy Cecil has illustrated a number of children's books about spunky little girls. He lives in Houston, Texas.
Published April 1, 2003 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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Gramma Em’s watermelon is “heavier than a full-grown raccoon in a washtub” and Cousin Clyde jumps through the air “like a cow riding a cannonball.” Cecil’s (Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool, not reviewed, etc.) sunny, acrylic gouache illustrations feature a happy, clean, country family, all but Wi...

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