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Published on May 9, 2008
Hello Paddle Fans!
Here, finally, is the classic live action film version of "Paddle To The Sea" - shown on Youtube in 3 parts. Paddle To The Sea was filmed by Bill Mason in 1966, and was inspired by the brilliant Children's Book of the same title, written in 1941 by H. C. Holling.
The 1966 film version seen here was eventually nominated for an Academy Award two years later in 1968, for Best Short Film, because it was so beautifully done by the director - Canadian naturalist, master canoeist, artist and filmmaker Bill Mason.
Bill personally hand-carved from wood, in meticulous detail very faithful to the book illustrations, the beautiful wooden "Paddle" models seen in the film.
This story (both book and film version) has been loved by generations of school children for decades as they learn about the history of the Great Lakes region of North America while they follow the exciting adventures of a brave toy Wooden Indian in his tiny but sturdy Canoe (hand carved by a Native Canadian boy from Nipigon Country).
If you'd like to view the entire film online for free please visit this web site:
You can also read the entire classic book online at the same site, with big bright full pages - all for free at the same web site.
Children love the site and can view the film version and/or the book version at the same time from anywhere in the world with internet access.
Paddle To The Sea has been made available online here and at the web site to encourage you to go out and BUY this great piece of art in book form and dvd form. Both are finally available now in the US and Canada.
Let's all make sure this cherished story of Paddle To The Sea, both the book and film version, survives online to reach out across time and space so it will never be lost to our newer generations.
Paddle To The Sea is a beautiful story with a fantastic message - and it's just great fun for all ages too!
To Order The Book in hardcopy, go to the publisher link below or to any major bookstore: