Island in the Salish Sea Read-Along

  • Read by: Heather Gould
    Illustrated By: Leslie Redhead
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:Pacific Northwest, island life, summer vacation, First Nations history, traveling by ferry
  • Pub Date:09/18/2018
  • Age Groups:Fiction Picture Book
  • Lexile:670L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:O
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This gorgeously illustrated picture book is a celebration of summer vacation and West Coast island life.

Every day is different on Gran's island in the Salish Sea as granddaughter climbs big-leaf maples, eats blackberries, explores tide pools and sandstone caves and examines ancient middens and petroglyphs. She and Gran watch harbor seals sunning themselves and Gran's neighbor carving an eagle out of a piece of cedar while drinking fresh nettle tea. And on her way home, our young narrator sees a pod of orcas, breaching, tail lobbing and spy-hopping as she says goodbye to the island for another summer.

"Lovely, atmospheric watercolor illustrations show the girl and her grandmother spending idyllic weeks together exploring the beach…The story unfolds with a calm, peaceful tone…An informative and entertaining tale of an intriguing location and a warm family relationship."
– Kirkus Reviews
"A good addition to a public or primary school library collection for a quiet read-aloud as an introduction to summer. It is a fine depiction of coastal life, but it also evokes warm feelings of family."
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"A gentle and delightful way to introduce young readers to life on an interior coastal island and also explore an indigenous way of life in the Salish Sea. Highly recommended for public, personal and school libraries."
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“[A] colourful, beautifully illustrated picture book…A great addition to a classroom collection”
– Canadian Teacher
Ruth and Syliva Schwartz Children's Book Award   | 2019  |  Short-listed
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2019  |  Commended