Runaway Pond

 
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Runaway Pond
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
November 14, 2023
ISBN
978-1536219982
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Based on a true story, this tribute to everyday heroism doubles as a lyrical primer on how landscapes evolve.

Long Pond—clear, reflective, and bent in the middle like a crooked finger—has been a source of joy and nourishment to a Vermont village for many years. But when a sudden late-summer storm causes the pond to swell and burst its banks, endangering everyone in its path, only one person is fast enough to warn the villagers downstream. Spencer Chamberlain, the long-legged winner of countless foot races, sprints off to cries of “Run, Chamberlain, run!” All survive, thanks to his efforts. But after the storm the glassy pond is gone, leaving the village, and future generations, with something altogether different—and every bit as nourishing. In a gentle tall tale inspired by true events that are explored in the book’s afterword, Vermont author Nancy Price Graff reveals the constantly evolving landscapes all around us, while Bagram Ibatoulline’s glorious paintings speak to the beauty and inevitability of change.

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Heroes Are Everywhere
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5.0
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5.0
Characters
 
5.0
Writing Style
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
In a small village, there's a pond for everyone to enjoy and celebrate life around them. The pond reflects each season so the villagers can enjoy it twice. But one day, there's a great flood and the pond rises, threatening to take the village out in its wake. Downstream, they're in more danger because they don't know what's coming. It's up to Spencer Chamberlain, the fastest runner, to race the pond to save the others. Running the race of his lifetime, he makes it just in time to save the people, but the buildings are lost. With the pond gone into the sea, a new marsh develops and the children get to enjoy the land in a new and exciting way.

RUNAWAY POND is a tribute to everyday heroes and how brave people are willing to rise to the challenge. This story also takes the reader back to a time before technology, when children only had the outdoors to entertain them. They were able to see the beauty the pond offered and then again in the marsh it left behind. The illustrations are a well-detailed, old-fashioned watercolor style that takes me back in time to old portraits. I love how wholesome this story is and it makes me want to sit outside and enjoy the day.


Final Verdict: I would recommend this to children aged four and up who enjoy nature and running. It's a great story to share and spread the goodness of humanity and how one simple move can save a life.
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Breathtaking Illustrations
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4.0
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4.0
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5.0
Runaway Pond features breathtaking watercolor illustrations that look to be digitally enhanced for strikingly clear and realistic renderings of a pond in Vermont in a time over 200 years ago. This story is based on a real pond that flooded downstream and a fast runner warned neighbors so everyone was safe. The illustrations show the power and rage of Mother Nature unbound and the skill of the runner. Overall, this was a captivating story and a reminder of how nature has the power to transform our landscape.
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