The journey of a river from its start as a mountain stream to its final destination, the sea, is presented with bright, abstract, graphic illustrations and a hectic text, sometimes alliterative and sometimes rhyming, that twists and turns like the water. Through the countryside, town, and city, the river provides water for domestic animals and wildlife and a home for fish and fowl. It also provides beauty, sounds, and recreation. Where the river meets the sea, huge ships are loaded to start a journey of their own. Following the river, readers see a hiker, cows, a man in a truck, ravens, swans and people feeding them, swallows, swifts, a family catching minnows, the town, a bridge, a fisherman on the river and a huge pike in the water, kayaks (that are identified as canoes), and a crowd watching a boat race. All of the sights and sounds are described with an energetic text loaded with action verbs and description. The bold illustrations, text placement, and fast-paced language all combine to set the mood of the story. This is a sophisticated piece with a lot happening on every page and some of it is difficult to grasp. Children will need an adult to take them successfully through the story. However, the book has an interesting concept and is nicely done, so it's worth the effort.