A lovely homage to nature.

Kirkus Reviews

Song of the River


In this quintessential Joy Cowley story, Cam follows the river’s journey from its source in the mountains all the way to the sea.


  • Description

    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. Illustrated by Kimberly Andrews, the dramatic landscapes are packed with detail to discover in the world of the river.


    Read a Q&A with Kimberly here.

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Reader Age 2-5 year, 5-7 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Red Reading Hub

      An awe-inspiring tribute to the natural world and to storytelling itself.

    2. Kirkus Reviews

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

    3. NZ Book Lovers

      Andrews perfectly captures the gentleness of the story, with muted, natural colourings and strong detail.

    4. Poetry Box

      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.

    5. Book Trailers 4 Kids and YA

      Beautifully written, with earthy coloured illustrations, this book provides the story of many rivers and their journey to the sea.

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