Book Review – The Secret River by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Winner of the Newbery Honour in 1956, The Secret River is a book that can change your life. In the hour of need, you might find what you will never discover again; hope, compassion, fear and common good.


Title: The Secret River
Author: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Illustrators: Leo and Diane Dillon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster (Latest version)
Review: Straight from the land of Boabab trees come this enchanting story about desperate times and a secret river. Before you even start to smell the richness of the story, the illustrations mesmerise you. Its nothing like what you have seen before, I promise.
A small girl sets out with her trusted dog to fetch fish to save an entire village. As guided by the wisest person in the village she follows her nose to The Secret River. She returns rich and is rewarded with a normal happy life by fate, again. But what happens when she looks for The Secret River, again.

What my twins learnt and loved: To begin with, the twins just admired the beautiful illustrations and the little girl with her braid. Honestly the 5 yrs old, didn’t really understand the deeper meaning of ‘The Secret River’. They however loved the entire adventure of a fearless girl in the woods with owl and bear and more.

Also by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings:
The Yearling – Pulitzer Prize Winner
The Sojourner
Blood of My Blood
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