Illustrated by :Leslie Redhead
Imprint:Orca Book Publishers - Victoria
Form detail:Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket
Audience:Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
Dimensions:10.75in x 8.75 x 0.38 in | 480 gr
Page Count:32 pages
Illustrations:32 Colour illustrations
This gorgeously illustrated picture book is a celebration of summer vacation and West Coast island life.
Every day is different on Gran's island in the Salish Sea as granddaughter climbs big-leaf maples, eats blackberries, explores tide pools and sandstone caves and examines ancient middens and petroglyphs. She and Gran watch harbor seals sunning themselves and Gran's neighbor carving an eagle out of a piece of cedar while drinking fresh nettle tea. And on her way home, our young narrator sees a pod of orcas, breaching, tail lobbing and spy-hopping as she says goodbye to the island for another summer.
Sheryl McFarlane is the author of more than a dozen award-winning books for young readers. A former teacher, Sheryl loves bike riding, beachcombing and discovering new books for her grandchildren. She lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, where she keeps a little free library stocked with books for her friends and neighbors.
Leslie Redhead (also known as Leslie Lambert) is an artist, teacher, illustrator and author whose watercolor paintings have earned international awards and recognition. In addition to being a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society (NWWS), the Canadian Society for Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC) and the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), Leslie holds a Master of Education in Art Education. She divides her time between Victoria, British Columbia, and Idaho, giving painting instruction at the University of Victoria and in workshops throughout Canada, the United States and Spain.
"Lovely, atmospheric watercolor illustrations show the girl and her grandmother spending idyllic weeks together exploring the beach…The story unfolds with a calm, peaceful tone…An informative and entertaining tale of an intriguing location and a warm family relationship." - Kirkus Reviews
"A good addition to a public or primary school library collection for a quiet read-aloud as an introduction to summer. It is a fine depiction of coastal life, but it also evokes warm feelings of family." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"A gentle and delightful way to introduce young readers to life on an interior coastal island and also explore an indigenous way of life in the Salish Sea. Highly recommended for public, personal and school libraries." - Resource Links
“[A] colourful, beautifully illustrated picture book…A great addition to a classroom collection” - Canadian Teacher
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