In this resonant story from Joy Cowley, Cam the mountain boy follows the river from its trickling
source in the snow all the way to the sea.

The river leads him through forest, farms and towns to the salty wind of the sea. The dramatic landscapes are packed with detail to discover in the world of the river.

by Kimberly Andrews & Joy Cowley


  • Finalist in the 2020 New Zealand Children’s Book Awards
  • Winner Picture Book, Teach Early Years Award 2020


“Cowley’s beautiful, melodic story – brimming with atmosphere and descriptive power – is exquisitely brought to life by illustrator Kimberly Andrews’ dramatic… landscape full of rich detail and muted, earth-toned colours.” – Lancashire Evening Post


“Cowley neatly modulates Cam’s adventure, sentences that build and accrete like that rivulet taking readers on the journey. A lovely homage to nature.” – Kirkus Reviews


“This a story about a boy wanting to see the sea. It is about imagining. It is about beginnings and endings. It is about paying attention with ears and eyes. And it is absolute treat to read – you might fill with a warm hum too.” – Poetry Box


“An awe-inspiring tribute to the natural world and to storytelling itself.” – Red Reading Hub


“It’s exuberant and joyful, reflected in the warm and textured illustrations which capture the natural environment and the movement of the water. An absolute treasure and brilliant read-aloud.” – Magpies Magazine, Sept 2019


Gecko Press | hc | 32 pp | 242 x 250 mm | 2019 | 3+

Rights sold: Simplified Chinese, Korean & Turkish. All other rights available.

YouTube Video of the illustrator reading the book