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Children's Fiction Multigenerational

A Morning to Polish and Keep

by (author) Julie Lawson

illustrated by Sheena Lott

Red Deer Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2015
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2015
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Aug 2014
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: p to 5
  • Reading age: 4 to 10


Back in print!

When Amy goes fishing and loses her first big catch, the day is spoiled. Or is it? By the end of the day, Amy has a real fish story to tell as well as a lasting memory.

A Morning to Polish and Keep is the classic children's picture book set on the beautiful Pacific Coast. It is a story of adventure, togetherness, and, ultimately, the comforting memory of family.

About the authors

Julie Lawson spent 18 years as an elementary school teacher before becoming a full-time author in 1991. Since then, she has published over twenty books for young people, garnering awards and nominations, critical acclaim, and much recognition. Julie divides her time between writing at home and visiting schools and libraries. She has spoken to Roundtable groups, toured for Canadian Children's Book Week, conducted writing workshops, taught university courses on writing children's literature, and been a presenter at conferences for adults and children across North America. She lives in Victoria, B.C.

Julie Lawson's profile page

Sheena enjoys a very successful 20-year career as a professional artist.

She has illustrated 9 successful children's books including How Sleep Found Tabitha, Going To The Fair and the perennial bestseller, Jessie's Island. Salmon Forest, written by Dr David Suzuki and Sara Ellis was released last spring. She won The Science in Society National book award and has been short listed for the BC Book Prize as well as the Amelia Francis Illustrators Award. Sheena has been featured on CBC radio as well as CH television.

This busy artist is best known for her crisp, colourful watercolors and oils . She combines gallery exhibitions, children's book illustration, and private commissions. She has been invited to teach workshops on the new Queen Mary 2. She has been an Artist in Residence in many school districts and has toured for Canadian Children's Book Center Book Week.
Sheena has exhibited paintings at the Winchester Galleries, The Harrison Gallery in West Vancouver, Quan-Scheider Gallery, Toronto, Pegasus Gallery, The Chateau Whistler, Harbour Gallery, Washington US, and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria .
She has won many awards including the Myfanwy Pavelic Spencer Award. She is an Associate of The Federation Of Canadian Artists. Sheena has been featured on CBC radio as well as CH television.

Sheena has participated in many exhibitions across Canada and in the US. Her work can be found in corporate and private collections throughout the world including: Shell Oil, Chapters Canada, The National Trust Corporation, and the Vancouver Public Library.

She works from her home studio in Sidney on Vancouver Island BC. Her website is

Sheena is available to do watercolour workshops [all materials provided] and lecture/presentations on the process of children's book illustration. Please contact the artist at for more info and fee schedule.

Sheena Lott's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"A lovely tale for a summer evening."
The Toronto Sun

"This story is so well structured it takes hold of readers right from the title page. . . Specific detail, sensory images and figurative language infuse the story. . . The illustrations offer a splendid companion to the text. Sheena Lott's soft muted blue, gray, green and lilac watercolours capture the misty morning as details come into view. . . The power of memory through one's growing up years is expertly presented in this captivating and enduring picture book.
Highly Recommended."
CM Magazine

"Lott's illustrations are handsome watercolors that capture the changing light of dawn and the ever-changing surface of the sea."
Quill & Quire

"A jewel...the book encapsulates a glowing summer memory that will strike a warm and resonant chord in everyone who has experienced the beauty and solitude of a lake, stream, or ocean before dawn. Words and pictures evoke the delights and regrets that emerge from a summer's last fishing trip."
Canadian Book Review Annual

"Lawson's descriptions skilfully evokes the sounds, sights, and sensations of summer's last fishing trip, while illustrator Sheena Lott's muted watercolour-palette illustrations, full of soft lines and fluid movement, bring the text to life. Lott has also expertly captured the shimmering quality of light and the translucency of water, adding a magical, whimsical element to the story. And her expressive figure drawing is spot-on, adding depth to this comforting, feel-good tale sure to become a cherished family favourite read time and again."
The National Reading Campaign

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