Under autumn leaves, a boy watches a beaver build a dam. One of the branches slips away, carried downstream by the river. Through the changing seasons, the branch makes a long, epic journey to the sea, before finally getting tossed back onto shore. Changed by the elements, the branch—now driftwood—lies patiently on the beach, until the boy discovers it once again.
Featuring breathtaking artwork by Charles Vess, Driftwood Days offers readers a beautiful, multilayered story about nature, science, childhood, and change.
Kirkus Reviews (STARRED review)
“The text educates stealthily, never sacrificing the soothing, poetic, and cyclical story, which has the makings of a classic. . . . Content and style, structure and illustrations combine to make this a beautiful and satisfying story.”
Publishers Weekly (STARRED review)
"The hazy texture and precise detail of Vess’s colored pencil and ink illustrations, which utilize panels to underline the bough’s movements, pair beautifully with Minever’s dreamy, poetic prose."
School Library Journal
"Readers of all ages will enjoy the beauty and elegance intrinsic to this story about how a single branch can be so much more."