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Children's Fiction General

Wild Bog Tea

by (author) Annette LeBox

illustrated by Harvey Chan

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Jun 2001
General, Cooking & Food, Multigenerational
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2001
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
  • Reading age: 5 to 8


Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award Honor Book

A bog is a wetland in which a mass of moss has grown, often many feet deep, so that it is spongy. Many animals and plants make the bog their home. But this unique environment is fragile; all over the world, bogs are disappearing as a result of development, the death of wetlands, and a general disinterest in the environment.

In this story a bog is beautifully described in its early years. The narrator and his grandfather visit the newly formed bog and see sandhill cranes and wild plum; then they go home and make wild bog tea. As the narrator grows into a man, he continues to visit the bog with his grandfather and watches it mature. Finally, after his grandfather's death, the narrator revisits the bog and remembers the years of his boyhood.

About the authors

Annette LeBox is an environmental activist and author of five children's books. She was inspired to write Salmon Creek after witnessing the determined struggle of the coho returning to their birth stream near her home in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.

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Harvey Chan immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong as a teenager. He has won the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award three times - with Paul Yee for Roses Sing on New Snow and Ghost Train, and with Celia Barker Lottridge for Music for the Tsar of the Sea by Celia Barker Lottridge. Harvey is currently living in Hong Kong.

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  • Commended, CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award (Honor Book)
  • Long-listed, OLA Red Maple Award

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