Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 2 to 5
- Grade: p to k
A board book featuring a colourful selection of animals and supernatural creatures from the world of Caroll Simpson.
Creatures of the Land and Sky is a colourful board book inspired by the wildlife, natural environment, and traditional cultures of the west coast of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. The book introduces toddlers and preschoolers to the real and mythical creatures of this region through the imaginative eye of children’s author and illustrator Caroll Simpson. Featuring over twenty vivid images of birds, insects, and mammals—and their supernatural counterparts—this book will enchant young children and instill a natural curiosity about the world around them.
About the author
Caroll Simpson taught Native art and drama to grade-school children for many years before buying a remote fishing lodge, called Ookpik Wilderness Lodge, in the northern interior of British Columbia. Located on Babine Lake, it is accessible only by boat in the summer months and by snowshoes during the winter.
Caroll spends the off-season writing and painting. She sees her work as a celebration of the legends and art of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest. Her love for the art and history of the First Peoples of North America started when she was a young girl. She began studying Indian history and made her first moccasins at age 10, graduating to making leather clothing by the time she was 13. She still does leatherwork, and she has also made cradleboards for more than 30 years. Her love and respect for First Nations traditions is matched by her love for animals and nature.