UP THE CREEK by Nicholas Oldland was a book I discovered this week at the pubic library and is perfect for community building. I was drawn to it by the front cover. Its summer and three characters a beaver, a moose, and a bear are in a canoe together. This seems to be quite the unlikely combination to be canoeing together and I had to know more.
Come to find out this canoe trip wasn't so peaceful looking at the beginning. Each character had their own ideas which led to the canoe over turning, tipping up, and completely capsizing. If you've ever canoed yourself with someone else you can appreciate the struggles for finding a paddling rhythm and sharing of the workload. They have a few obstacles and each time there are further disagreements.
Finally, there's an agreement. They agree to TEAMWORK and take each animal's strength to ride the rapids and return to shore. This review does not do the humor justice. The humor is achieved by the wonderful pairing of words and illustrations by Nicholas Oldland. I found myself smiling along the way a bit more and I can see younger students especially giggling with delight. I also think this would be a great piece to discuss showing action via illustrations.