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Reading British Columbia: Kids' Books

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The final installment of our Reading British Columbia trilogy, this list includes great kids' lit set in BC.
Nowhere Else on Earth

Nowhere Else on Earth

Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

You don't have to live in the Great Bear Rainforest to benefit from its existence, but after you read Nowhere Else on Earth you might want to visit this magnificent part of the planet. Environmental activist Caitlyn Vernon guides young readers through a forest of information, sharing her personal stories, her knowledge and her concern for this beautiful place. Full of breathtaking photographs and suggestions for ways to preserve this unique ecosystem, Nowhere Else on Earth is a timely and inspir …

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Vanishing Habitats

Vanishing Habitats

illustrated by Robert Bateman
edition:Hardcover

A stunning collection of paintings depicting the world's most threatened habitats and the animals that live there. In the tradition of his other award-winning titles for children, Vanishing Habitats is the ultimate pairing of Robert Bateman's role as artist and as passionate ecological advocate.

His tireless quest to study and protect the world's biodiversity has taken him to every continent and inspired art that has found its way into homes everywhere. Here, his breathtaking artwork and moving …

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Fraser Bear

Fraser Bear

A Cub's Life
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged : bears, environment

A true-to-life nature story for young readers, from the multi-award-winning creators of Tale of a Great White Fish.

 

This moving, beautifully illustrated story follows a black bear cub's life in the Pacific Northwest from his birth to his first salmon catch, uniting the cycles of bear and fish. A map and further information about bears and salmon are included.

 

The book is based on a top-selling plush toy named Fraser Bear, created by the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Rocky Mountaineer Vacations. …

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Waiting for the Whales

Waiting for the Whales

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover Paperback eBook

In this timeless story set on the West Coast, an old man lives alone on a bluff overlooking the sea and tends his garden. And waits. Only when the whales return each year to the bay in front of his cottage is his loneliness eased. One day, his daughter and her baby return home to live with the old man, bringing a renewed sense of purpose to his life. As his granddaughter grows, the old man passes on a wealth or knowledge and wisdom as well as his passion for the whales. And each year they wait t …

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The old man watched the pod of orcas leap and breach and smack their tail flukes against the water. And as he stood on the bluff, his heart leapt with the whales below. It seemed to him that there was nothing more wonderful than these great mammals of the sea.

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Jessie's Island

Jessie's Island

by Sheryl McFarlane
illustrated by Sheena Lott
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Paperback

With a long list of activities and events to attend, Thomas paints a picture of city life which makes Jessie's world seem a little dull in comparison. When her mother suggests they invite Cousin Thomas to visit their island, Jessie wonders glumly what she could possibly write in her letter that would sound as exciting as zoos, planetariums or video arcades. But as Jessie looks out over her island home, she sees a world of endless variety, from killer whales in the strait and bald eagles soaring …

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Seven Bundle

Seven Bundle

edition:eBook

Seven novels of adventure in one ebook bundle. When David McLean, well-loved grandfather and avid adventurer, dies, he leaves behind an unusual will that outlines sevens tasks he has set for his seven grandsons. Eric Walters, John Wilson, Ted Staunton, Richard Scrimger, Norah McClintock, Sigmund Brouwer and Shane Peacock bring their signature writing styles to a series of adventures that take readers from the top of Kilimanjaro to the bottom of the Mediterranean.

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A Salmon for Simon

A Salmon for Simon

by Betty Waterton
illustrated by Ann Blades
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook

Winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award

Simon discovers that catching a salmon is more difficult than it looks. A simple, touching and multi-award-winning story with evocative watercolor illustrations.

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Solomon's Tree

Solomon's Tree

by Andrea Spalding
illustrated by Janet Wilson
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

Solomon has a special friendship with the big old maple outside his house. He knows the tree in all seasons and all weathers. When a terrible storm tears it up by its roots, Solomon is devastated. But through the healing process of making a mask from part of the tree with his uncle, he learns that the cycle of life continues and so does the friendship between himself and the tree.

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“Tell me about your tree," said Uncle as he planed the angles of the face. "What did you see among the branches?"

Solomon described the hummingbird nest and the antics of the baby birds. Uncle rounded the brow with the adze, chipped the hollows of the eyes, and told the hummingbird story.

"Did your tree smell nice?" asked Uncle as he used the hook knife to carve the nose. Solomon remembered the sweet spring smell of sap and the pungent, fall odor of crushed leaves.

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