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Spring 22 Dewey List

Little Pine Cone
Wildfires and the Natural World
By (author): Johanna Wagstaffe Illustrated by: Julie McLaughlin
Johanna Wagstaffe ,

Illustrated by :

Julie McLaughlin


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1 - 3, Grade (US) 1 - 3, Reading age 6 - 8
May 17, 2022
Print Run: 6000
$21.95 CAD


9in x 9 x 0.38 in | 380 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


16 Colour illustrations
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / Disasters
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Nature and animal stories|Interest age: from c 6 years|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Rocks, weather and physical world|Children’s / Teenage social issues: Environment and green issues
North America
  • Short Description
This STEM-based picture book explains what wildfires are and how they are started and managed, using the life cycle of a Jack pine cone to illustrate the concept.
A big fire causes a little pine cone to change in a dramatic way.

Jacky notices that the climate is changing and the summers are becoming hotter and drier...

Little Jacky is a Jack pine cone who loves living in the woods with all of her animal friends. When a fire breaks out in her forest, all her friends run to safety and the firefighters battle the flames. The fire threatens to get too close to a neighboring village and Jacky watches as the people who live there, and the fire crew, take measures to make sure everyone is safe. While the village is protected from the fire, Little Jacky is scorched by the flames and finds out that the heat is important for her to continue her life cycle.

Beautifully detailed illustrations integrate science with storytelling, and children will enjoy finding new bits of information with every read. Author and meteorologist, Johanna Wagstaffe brings her experience with covering wildfires for CBC to young readers and reminds us that fire is an important part of the natural cycle of our forests.

Key Selling Points

  • Adorable illustrations and a soft touch deal with a daunting, scary topic in a safe and accessible way for young readers.
  • Wildfire season starts up in the spring for North America, with wildfires becoming more extreme and affecting more people.
  • Provides many opportunities to learn about climate change and wildfire science with a multi-layered approach to facts and pictures.
  • The second book in the series after Little Cloud: The Science of a Hurricane. In fact, spot our friend Nate the cloud in the skies of Little Pine Cone while we follow a new adventure.
  • This STEM-central book contains additional facts about wildfires, which are peppered throughout and included on a final "fact page."
  • The author is a well-known CBC personality and is active on social media.

Johanna Wagstaffe is the meteorologist and science host for CBC Vancouver and CBC News Network. She is the author of Little Cloud: The Science of a Hurricane and Fault Lines: Understanding the Power of Earthquakes. With a background in seismology, geophysics and earth science, Johanna has covered a wide range of science stories, from the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire and the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami to the Paris Climate Change Conference. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Julie McLaughlin is an award-winning illustrator whose work includes commissions for editorial, advertising and publishing clients from around the world. Her previous books have been nominated for several awards, and she won the 2015 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction for Why We Live Where We Live. Julie grew up on the Prairies and now resides on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

“This brightly illustrated picture book explains the life cycle of a pine tree in an age-appropriate and easily understood way…Engaging and attractive. Recommended.” - School Library Connection

“An entertaining and informative addition to any school library collection or classroom. This science-based book is accessible and appropriate for primary-aged readers. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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Bear in the Family Eric Walters 9781459832978 $7.95 CAD Apr 12, 2022

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