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Return of the Osprey

by (author) Patricia Mason

illustrated by Christopher Bateman

foreword by Robert Bateman

Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
Initial publish date
Jan 1999
Football, Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1999
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1


"Magic is all around us" says Grandfather to his small grandson, Joseph, one sunny day in the springtime many years ago. "Come with me and I will show you some of nature's magic."

Five-year-old Joseph and his grandfather spend many days exploring the maple woods, the freshwater marshes, the mudflats and the seashores of Burrard Inlet. Through their eyes we see the wildlife and birds of all these habitats, including the osprey and the colourful purple martin.

As time passes, humans change the land along the inlet and the Osprey and other animals lose their homes and nesting places. Joseph grows older and moves away too, temporarily forgetting the lessons he learned. But when he returns home many years later, guided by a vision, he discovers a wildlife sanctuary has miraculously restored life to the wetlands and the Osprey have once again returned to nest along the inlet's shores. Return of the Osprey celebrates the miracles people can create, even small ones, and the regenerative forces of nature.

A percentage of the proceeds from this book will go to support the work of WBT Wild Birds Trust of British Columbia.

About the authors

Patricia Mason has worked as a journalist, writer and editor for over twenty years. She has authored several children's stories and rewritten Native legends for use in the elementary school system. Since 1994 she has written three plays about Emily Carr, all enthusiastically received by local audiences.

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Christopher Bateman was born in Burlington, Ontario in 1976; his family moved to Saltspring Island, BC in 1985 and he has divided his time between Victoria, BC and the Island ever since. He has been drawing seriously for ten years and is currently studying geography and environmental studies at the University of Victoria. The cover illustration of Return of the Osprey is a collaboration between Christopher and his father, Robert Bateman.

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Canadian painter Robert Bateman has been featured in exhibits across the globe, opening a permanent exhibition at The Robert Bateman Centre, in Victoria, B.C., in 2013. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1984 and a Member of the Order of British Columbia in 2001. In 2013, he was awarded the Royal Canadian Geographical Society Gold Medal in recognition for his commitment to preserving the Canadian landscape. Bateman’s notable achievements include being named one of the twentieth century’s 100 Champions of Conservation by the U.S. National Audubon Society in 1998 and bestowed the Amnesty International Human Rights Defender Award in 2007. A beloved teacher, avid geographer, and renowned naturalist celebrated for his accessible realist style, Bateman is a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. He is the bestselling author of fourteen books, including his memoir Life Sketches. He continues to paint and lives with his artist wife, Birgit, in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Visit for more information on Bateman and his art.

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