Thursday, September 07, 2006

 

I bought LETTING SWIFT RIVER GO for my daughter right after she was born. It's the true story of how several towns in Massachusetts were flooded with water to form a reservoir that would provide drinking water to people in Boston. The only reason I even know about the Quabbin Reservoir is that we used to go there during Mountain Day in college (a day when the school bells ring and classes are cancelled - wish real life had a mountain day). The author of LSRG, Jane Yolen, also happens to be a Smith alum. Well, for the first eight years of my daughter's life I talked about the reservoir and she read about the reservoir and I promised some day I'd take her there for real. And this weekend I did.

It's just about the most beautiful place ever, and it matches the beauty of Barbara Cooney's illustrations (I love Barbara Cooney, another Smithie, especially her book MISS RUMPHIUS- one of my most favorite books ever). If you ever have an opportunity to visit the reservoir, go. It's an odd feeling looking out at this huge body of water with islands popping up where towns once stood and people once lived. My daughter was incredulous that she could dip her toes in the very same reservoir she'd been reading about for years - but don't tell the people of Boston. She was very concerned her feet were smelly.

Comments:
What an honor, to be blogged nicely on someone else's blog.

Other Smith children's book authors and illustrators of note: Madeleine L'Engle, Natalie Babbit, Cynthia Voight, among many others.

Jane Yolen
 
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