Saturday, July 19, 2008

Seeking Water Stories

July 18 021

At my 365 photo-a-day blog I am on a theme of water this month. I've been posting short passages that have to do with water from some of my old favorite books. I'm celebrating particularly luscious descriptive paragraphs. Can you help me remember stories where water plays a role?

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10 comments:

Sara said...

Two of my favorites:

Tuck Everlasting--the magic spring.

Jacob Have I Loved---the Chesapeake Bay

writer2b said...

My daughter is listening to 'Voyage of the Dawn Treader' -- over and over and over -- on audiobook...

Wendell Berry writes in several genres about the river...

Susan T. said...

Huckleberry Finn!

Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

Are you looking for bodies of water, or would rain work? I'm thinking of the passages describing the first rainfall after a drought in the first chapter of Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright. First there is a dramatic thunderstrom, but I like these lines: [But] all night long the rain fell steadily with a sound of gutters running, eaves dripping, wet leaves slapping together, water coming though a leak in the attic and dropping into a dishpan, ping-ping-ping, like someone beating a little gong. When Garnet held her breath and listened very carefully, it almost seemed as if she could hear roots depp in the wet earth drinking and coming to life again."

Gawdess said...

anne of green gables, the lake of shining waters and the "lady of shalot" scene....
and dandelion summer by ray bradbury - I have to pull it out and read it again
and....
this is fun I will be thinking about it all day!

Cloudscome said...

These are great! Thanks so much for all these wonderful suggestions. I actually think I have a lot of them stashed here and there around my house. I have been known to haunt yard sales and second hand bookstores like many of you LOL.
Anamarie I don't know that one so thanks a lot for quoting it right here for me! It sounds like something I need to read the whole of. Rain is perfect! I'm doing any kind of water.

A Mitch said...

The Bridge to Terabithia: the creek where Leslie drowns.

Holes: Eyla has to carry to Madam Zeroni up the mountain to drink from the stream but doesn't and thus causes the curse. Camp Green Lake (well lack of water).

Lone Star Ma said...

Aquamarine. Indigo. Flush. Hatchet. The Folk Keeper. The Selkie Girl. Seal Child.

a Tonggu Momma said...

It's been awhile since I read these :), so I'm unsure if they contain detailed, vivid descriptions, but I do remember water being central to the stories in these juvenile literature books.

Island of the Blue Dolphin, Scott O'Dell
The Trumpet of the Swan, EB White
On The Banks of Plum Creek and also On the Shores of Silver Creek, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt
Many Waters, Madeline L'Engle
The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare

Cloudscome said...

Thanks again for all these suggestions. I am enjoying this so much! I've found some of my favorite passages and every day I look for water shots to fit them. All these ideas have really helped.