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The Secret River



A young girl’s father’s business of selling fish is failing and she seeks out the advice of the wisest person in the forest to help her find fish to support her family and her village.  The young girl heads out into the forest and discovers a secret river that will help to sustain her family and her community.  Conquering both her fears and the predators of the forest that are also seeking the sustenance the river supplies, she is able to return to the safety of her family and village. 


General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This resource book is appropriate for students in grades 1-6.  As part of a larger unit on nutrition and poverty, this book provides students with an abstract way to begin conversations about meeting the survival needs related to food and nutrition.  Students can discuss how they meet their basic needs and how they help to ensure that they have enough food to eat to maintain their health.

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Themes Addressed

Ecosystems (1)

  • Appreciating the Natural World

Indigenous Knowledge (1)

  • Rituals, Spirituality and Worldviews