Letting Swift River Go

Letting Swift River Go

Book - 1992
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Relates Sally Jane's experience of changing times in rural America, as she lives through the drowning of the Swift River towns in western Massachusetts to form the Quabbin Reservoir.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c1992.
Branch Call Number: [E]
Characteristics: 1 v. : ill. ; slj k-6.
Additional Contributors: Cooney, Barbara 1917-


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JCLHannahJaneW Nov 15, 2014

The story is haunting and sad and powerful. When the graves were moved it felt like they were taken right from my very ribs. And oh the fireflies! And the stars! And how the bridge connecting all that transient luminescence remained a constant!

The illustrations perfectly reflect and illuminate the story, from harvesting the ice to shuffling the graves to the sun leading the canoe along.

This book is for anyone who has ever sat in a canoe and tried to guess the secrets of the lake beneath the waves or had to leave their house and friends but still carry them everywhere.

Jan 11, 2014

A young girl's experience with the flooding of her town and homes to provide water for a growing urban center. The reality of growing need for water and sadness of a life gone


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