Book Review: Portage by Sue Leaf

imageHow could I resist a book with a title of Portage and a vintage canoe drawing on the cover?  I picked up this book at the Gooseberry Falls State Park nature store after our September BWCAW trip.  Still on the paddling high, I was sucked in by the cover and the title.  Plus, I was ready to load up on winter reading material for those long dark rainy days in The Netherlands.

Problem is, that once I opened this book, I was hooked. I couldn’t set it down until I finished it. This book was finished before I got on the plane out of Minnesota!

Sue Leaf retells her family canoe adventures in this wonderfully written book.  Each chapter covers a different paddle experience and are varied in location and type.

I felt like I was personally along for the ride as Sue told of her family paddling along the rivers and lakes of the upper Midwest and Canada. I felt the fear and excitement as they travelled down the Kettle River in Minnesota. I could almost hear the birds she describes along the many canoe routes her family travelled.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in canoeing or just enjoys cuddling on the couch on cool days to read. Sue Leaf has artfully married the connection of canoe, nature, family and relationships into a wonderful rewarding reading experience.