White Water by Jonathan London

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"Listen," said Dad.
"What's that?" I asked.
"White water!" he shouted.
"Hang on tight!"

When a father brings his son on a white water rafting trip, he hopes his son will share his love of the river. Inspired by a real life experience, renowned writer and poet Jonathan London and his son Aaron perfectly convey the thrill of speeding over rapids, the joy of seeing wild horses, and the quiet pleasure of falling asleep under a billion stars after a great meal around the campfire. Jill Kastner's lush nature paintings make it clear that this is a trip that father and son won't soon forget-and neither will the reader.

About Jonathan London

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Jonathan London was born a "navy-brat" in Brooklyn, New York, and raised on Naval stations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. He received a Masters Degree in Social Sciences but never formally studied literature or creative writing. He began to consider himself a writer about the time he graduated from college. After college he became a dancer in a modern dance company and worked at numerous low-paying jobs as a laborer or counselor. He wrote poems and short stories for adults, earning next to nothing despite being published in many literary magazines. For some 20 years before he penned his first children's book, London was writing poetry and short stories for adults. In the early 1970s, he was reading his poems in San Francisco jazz clubs, and those experiences found their way into his witty children's book Hip Cat, which has been featured on the PBS children's television show Reading Rainbow. After writing down the tale The Olw Who Became the Moon in 1989, London began to wonder if other people might want to read it. He picked up his kids' copy of Winnie-the-Pooh and saw that the book was published by Dutton, so he casually decided to send his story to them. Surprisingly enough, they wanted to publish him. Working with different illustrators, and occasionally with co-authors, London has produced literally dozens of books. Most have appeared under his name, but some have come out under a pseudonym, which still remains a secret.He has published over forty books and has earned recognitions from organizations like the National Science Teachers Association. Jill Kastner is the popular illustrator of numerous books for children, including Aurora Means Dawn by Scott Russell Sanders and Howling Hill and Beardream by Will Hobbs. She has also written and illustrated two books of her own, Snake Hunt and Barnyard Big Top, which Kirkus Reviews called "great fun."Jill Kastner is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives with her husband, Tim, and their daughter, Carson, in Weehawken, New Jersey.
Published May 21, 2001 by Viking Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Young Adult.

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On the banks of the Green River in Desolation Canyon, Utah, father and son prepare for a weeklong white-water rafting adventure.

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Kastner's oil paintings capture a spectrum of color and action—bright rafts and gear bobbing on the greenish river water, frothy spray and rough waves jumping like "thousands of white rabbits."

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