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The West Is Calling
Imagining British Columbia
By authors: Sarah N. Harvey, Leslie Buffam   Illustrated by: Dianna Bonder
Selling Points: History, British Columbia, flora and fauna, industry, culture, First Nations, indigenous
ISBN: 9781551439365
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2008
Pages: 32
Picture Book
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $19.95
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Smoke from longhouse fires
shrouds the totems. A whale leaps,
rocking the canoes.

Combining evocative haiku, informative text and luminous illustrations, The West Is Calling is a celebration, for our youngest readers, of one hundred and fifty years of British Columbia's history. Each detail-rich illustration depicts a particular moment in the province's dynamic saga, from pre-contact Haida culture, to the natural resources-fueled economic boom in the 1960s and beyond, to Expo 86, to the opening up of the North and the growing appreciation of First Nations' traditions.
School Library Journal - April 1, 2009
"Though it includes a haiku on each page, this title is much more than simply a poetry book. It is a history lesson, a seek-and-find...and a paean to British Columbia all rolled into one neatly designed package."
Canadian Children's Book News - April 1, 2009
"A wonderful addition to Canadian history books for children...There is something lovely and evocative about the experience of reading through the haikus and letting Bonder's illustrations wash over you."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - March 17, 2009
"The illustrations are very well done, the haiku children's poetry is delightful, and the addition of 'Historical Notes' and the 'seek and find' all make it a wonderful book."
Canadian Teacher Magazine - March 1, 2009
"A pictorial celebration...A beautiful picture book that could be used at many levels to deepen your students' understanding of how Canada and British Columbia have changed over time."
The Bookmark (BCTLA) - February 1, 2009
"Gives a great overview of B.C.'s history, while the poems could be used for a lesson in haiku. Recommended."
Resource Links - February 1, 2009
"The illustrations are teeming with historical detail: a pleasing and easy way to absorb information...Highly recommended for both school and public libraries. It is an enjoyable recreational read and a highly informative resource for young historians."
CM Magazine - December 19, 2008
Times-Colonist - November 30, 2008

"B.C. children should know something about this place's history... The West is Calling is a lovely introduction, and it has a nifty little game of seek and find at the end."


Chocolate Lily nominee, short-listed  CA  2010
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2009
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2010

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