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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

A Salmon for Simon

by (author) Betty Waterton

illustrated by Ann Blades

read by Graham Greene

Publisher
Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2013
Category
Native Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780888992765
    Publish Date
    Apr 1997
    List Price
    $7.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781554983926
    Publish Date
    Oct 2013
    List Price
    $14.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554982363
    Publish Date
    Oct 2013
    List Price
    $12.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 3 to 6

Description

This enhanced e-book, in celebration of Groundwood's 35th anniversary, includes a read-aloud feature of the story narrated by Graham Greene.

Simon has always longed to catch a salmon. But when his luck suddenly changes and an eagle accidentally drops one into a tidal pool, Simon is torn between sympathy for the fish and the desire to catch something of his own.

All summer long, Simon, a young First Nations boy, has been desperate to catch a salmon. He goes fishing every day, but has no luck. Then one day a high-flying eagle drops a salmon into a clam hole right before his eyes, and Simon must decide whether to take it home or let it go.

This simple story, with its evocative watercolor paintings of the Northwest Coast, was an environmental fable before its time when it was first published in 1978. But its true power rests in the magical combination of text and pictures, which have made it a best-selling classic.

About the authors

Betty Waterton was the author of nineteen children's books, including the Quincy Rumpel novels and a number of well-loved picture books. Over the course of her writing career she traveled all over Canada giving readings to children. For many years she lived on Canada's West Coast, where A Salmon for Simon, her first children's book, takes place.

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Ann Blades is one of Canada’s leading illustrators. Her distinctive watercolors appear in many children’s books, including A Salmon for Simon, which won the Governor General’s Award for Illustration and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award; By the Sea: An Alphabet Book, which won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award; and A Dog Came, Too by Ainslie Manson. She is also the author and illustrator of Mary of Mile 18, for which she won the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award. Ann returned to teaching in 2001 and now teaches kindergarten at an inner-city school in Surrey, British Columbia.

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GRAHAM GREENE wrote over 50 books, including such modern classics as Our Man in Havana, The Quiet American, The End of the Affair, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair and The Power and the Glory. Born in Birkhamsted, England, he lived in Paris and Antibes before his death in April 1991.

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