Michael Dennis Browne's picture-book is a beautifully written story of a father's love for his daughter. The poetic language coupled with Wendell Minor's paintings make this a wonderful text to share with writers. I love using it as mentor text for a study of "writing vignettes with a repeated line." It's also a wonderful text to use during a study of "creating sensory images."
"If I could give her anything, I'd give her the river..." a father's dream for his daughter, beautifully writtern. I first found this book in the bargain section of The Tattered Cover. And, while it's not a new book, it's once I revisit often. A first grade teacher I know used it in conjunction with an inquiry study of a river's ecosystem, bringing a bit of poetry into a typically non-fiction oriented study.