Two young children lying on their tummies on a small boardwalk and looking into the water below reminded me of all the times I'd looked down into water as a child. It led me in memory through all the larger and larger bridges I'd experienced over the years...from the creeks and coulees of my prairie childhood to the great rivers I later encountered, rivers that that fed directly into the wonder of the ocean itself and yet still linked with that first small creek. Once the idea for "Bridges" began to take shape, the words began to flow lyrically, joyously across the page. Great joy and great sadness ... but it is joy that lifts us and carries us sweetly along. It is joy that fills the book and it is Ruth Ohi's wonderful art that brings out all the richness along the way. (P.S. I also had a wonderful time finding pictures of all kinds of amazing bridges to help Ruth have a large and marvelous selection to choose from as she worked on the illustrations.)Hutchins, Hazel J. is the author of 'Beneath The Bridge', published 2004 under ISBN 9781550378597 and ISBN 1550378597.