Illustrated with spectacular paintings, Swimming Home tells the compelling story of a school of alewives (river herring) as they return to their natal lake to spawn. But a newly built culvert blocks their way. Will this be the end of their journey?
An epic animal migration story in the tradition of March of the Penguins.
The story follows a school of fish (river herring, or alewives) on a journey of hundreds of miles, escaping porpoises, seals, eagles, and herons.
Swimming Home is also the moving story of a boy and his father who see the fish stopped just short of their goal by a new road, and transport them across the last hundred feet.
The Tilbury House Nature Book series brings the natural world to life for young readers without anthropomorphizing animals. Each book aims for the highest standards of scientific accuracy and storytelling magic.
About the Author
Hand Shetterly writes about wildlife and wildlands
for adult and youth audiences.
Rebekah Raye is an artist beloved for her bird and animal paintings and sculpture,
derived from her affinity with the natural world around her studio in East Blue
Hill, Maine. In Rebekah’s words, “My early interest in animals of all kinds
continues to be the focus of
my painting and sculpture. Our pet chickens, geese, and cats—as well as the
wild fox, bobcat,
crows, and deer—are my inspiration. The more I learn about the animals I
paint, the more I understand how we are all related.” Rebekah’s award-winning
children’s books include The Very Best
Bed, Bear-ly There, The Secret Pool, and Swimming Home, all published by Tilbury House.
Susan Shetterly writes with an elegance of expression that takes mybreath away. Swimming Home is a simple, enlightening story, told with suspenseful pacing and a deep sympathy for the natural world. I can’t wait to read this to a child in my life. — Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys, Any Bitter Thing, and Ernie’s Ark
Susan Hand Shetterly infuses this appealing story with the sensitivity to the natural world that defines all her work. — Frank Graham Jr., Audubon Magazine contributing editor and author of Since Silent Spring
You will be swept away by this dramatic story of alewives enduring their perilous annual journey and a boy and his father who help them along the way. — Jennifer O’Connell, author/illustrator of The Eye of the Whale