- Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
- Initial publish date
- May 2016
- General, Canadian
- Publish Date
- May 2016
- List Price
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 6
- Grade: p to 1
The children of the Tsimshian village of Kitkatla love to play at being hunters, eager for their turn to join the grown-ups. But when they capture and mistreat a crow, the Chief of the Heavens, angered at their disrespect, brings down a powerful storm.
The rain floods the Earth and villagers have no choice but to abandon their homes and flee to their canoes. As the seas rise, the villagers tie themselves to the top of Anchor Mountain, where they pray for days on end and promise to teach their children to value all life. The storm stops and the waters recede. From that point on, the villagers appoint a chief to perform the Peace Dance at every potlatch and, with it, pass on the story of the flood and the importance of respect.
With eighteen new illustrations from Roy Henry Vickers and exceptional narrative, Peace Dancer will delight readers of all ages and add to the collection of global flood stories.
About the authors
Roy Henry Vickers is a renowned carver, painter and printmaker whose Eagle Aerie Gallery in Tofino, BC, has become a provincial landmark. Roy was appointed to the Order of British Columbia in 1998 and to the Order of Canada in 2006. He is the co-author of the immensely popular children's Northwest Coast Legends series, of which three books were shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award: Raven Brings the Light in 2014, Cloudwalker in 2015 and Orca Chief in 2016. He is the author of several other books that showcase his art, including Storyteller (Harbour Publishing, 2014). He currently lives in Hazelton, BC.
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ROBERT « LUCKY » BUDD est un auteur canadien, spécialiste de l’histoire orale et animateur de radio. Il est connu pour ses récits sur les pionniers de la Colombie-Britannique ainsi que pour ses collaborations avec l’artiste Roy Henry Vickers.
ROBERT BUDD is an author, oral historian, and radio host who has written more than a dozen books for children and adults, many of them in collaboration with renowned artist Roy Henry Vickers. When he is not writing he can often be found playing baseball or hockey, coaching kids, or playing his guitar. He lives in Victoria, B.C. with his family and rescue dog.
- Unknown, Selected for IBBY Canada’s catalogue From Sea to Sea to Sea: Celebrating Indigenous Picture Books, a collection of 100 recommended picture books by Indigenous authors
- Short-listed, Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize
- Short-listed, Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award
"Parents and teachers will enjoy sharing Peace Dancer with children. It is a fine book, and Harbour Publishing can be proud of their achievement. Highly recommended."
~ Dr. Gregory Bryan, CM Magazine, October 2016 (Peace Dancer received 4 out of 4 stars)