Paddle to the Sea, by Holling Clancy HollingHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
A small canoe carved by an Indian boy makes a journey from Lake Superior all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Perfect for learning the geography of the Great Lakes and northeast!Satisfied at last, the boy sat back on his heels. Before him lay a canoe one foot long. It looked like his father's big birchbark loaded with packs and supplies for a journey. Underneath was a tin rudder to keep it headed forward, and a lump of lead for ballast. This would keep the canoe low in the water, and turn it right side up after an upset. An Indian figure knelt just back of the middle, grasping a paddle.
And along the bottom were carved these words: "Please put me back in water, I am paddle to the sea".... The snow will melt and the water will run down-hill to the river, on down to the Great Lakes, down again and on at last to the sea. You will go with the water and you will have adventures that I would like to have. But I cannot go with you because I have to help my father with the traps.