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Island in the Salish Sea
By (author): Sheryl McFarlane Illustrated by: Leslie Redhead
Sheryl McFarlane ,

Illustrated by :

Leslie Redhead


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
Sep 18, 2018
$19.95 CAD


10.75in x 8.75 x 0.38 in | 480 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


32 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C008047
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / General
Children’s picture books|Children’s / Teenage fiction: General, modern and contemporary fiction|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Nature, animals, the natural world|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Families and family members|Interest age: from c 3 years|Seasonal interest: Summer|Relating to Indigenous peoples
British Columbia
jC813/.54 23
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award 2019, Short-listed CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
  • Short Description
A beautiful picture book about the simple joys of spending summer vacation on an island in the Salish Sea with Gran.
Spend some time on an island in the Salish Sea.

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.

Contributor Website

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.

Contributor Website

"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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