Island Santa

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Sam's sister, accompanied by their father, is in a city hospital, far away from their home on a remote island off the West Coast. Determined to be with his family for Christmas, Sam catches a ride on a Santa Boat, a vessel that brings Santa Claus to visit children along the coast. Before Sam is finally delivered to the city, he will become a seasoned deckhand and Santa's helper. And he will know what it is to bring happiness to others at Christmas, a present he will be able to share with his sister, who is ...
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Sam's sister, accompanied by their father, is in a city hospital, far away from their home on a remote island off the West Coast. Determined to be with his family for Christmas, Sam catches a ride on a Santa Boat, a vessel that brings Santa Claus to visit children along the coast. Before Sam is finally delivered to the city, he will become a seasoned deckhand and Santa's helper. And he will know what it is to bring happiness to others at Christmas, a present he will be able to share with his sister, who is waiting for him. In this beautiful picturebook, a distinguished author and illustrator team up to pay tribute to Kaare Norgaard, who annually transformed his ship, the Blue Fjord, into a floating sleigh that delivered Christmas gifts to island children who would otherwise do without.
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"A tender story about the importance of giving...Simple but moving..The illustrations are soft, almost misty, like memory, and their tone is nostalgic and inviting. The book is likely to bring comfort and security to children and families facing a medical crisis, particularly around the holidays...A small but strong book about compassionate action."
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
This dramatic story takes place off the coast of British Columbia. Sam's younger sister, Sophie, is ill and is taken by water taxi, along with their father, to a hospital and recuperative facility named Janeece Place on Vancouver Island. Sam and his Gran gather with others to wave at the "Santa boat," which delivers presents to children on the islands. The skipper offers to take Sam to see his sister, if he will help deliver presents along the way. Sam accepts, helps by sorting presents for each stop, and learns to make balloon animals. On their stops children line up to see Santa and to see Sam make balloon dogs. After visits to other islands, they spend the night on the boat. The next morning they awake to a gale. The illustrations show a tipping boat and seals watching from nearby stones. When the storm dies, they make up time with help from the strong tides and finally arrive at Sam's destination. A taxi delivers him to Dad and Sophie at Jeneece Place where Sam gives Sophie a balloon dog. Beautiful watercolor illustrations add to the story. End notes tell of a young girl, Jeneece, who raised money to create Janeece Place and of Kaare Norgaard, who delivered gifts to coastal children. Christmas love is shown through courage and determination. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780988053601
  • Publisher: Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 years

Meet the Author

Sheryl McFarlane was born in the Ottawa Valley and was raised in Arizona, but the west coast snatched her heart more than thirty years ago. She is the mother of three wonderful daughters who often appear in her books in disguised form. She is the author of four board books and eight picture books, including: A Pod of Orcas, This is the Dog, Jessie's Island and Waiting for the Whales.

Sheryl's books have won and been short-listed for several readers' choice awards, the Governor General's Award, the IODE Award, the BC Book Prize for Children's Literature, and the Mr. Christie Award. Sheryl has toured with the Peter Gzowski Golf Tournament for Literacy, Save the Children, and The Canada Council. She has judged creative writing for The Writer's Union of Canada, The Canadian Children's Book Centre, and the BC Creative Writers' Grant Program, been a writer in residence in many schools, been involved in many young author programs, and has led children's writing workshops for beginning and established writers.

A former teacher, Sheryl provides professional development in language arts for school districts, Early Childhood Educators, Primary Educator Associations and the International Reading Association. She frequently acts as a consultant for publishers on both educational and trade projects. Her first young adult novel was published in the fall of 2006.

Sheena enjoys a very successful 20-year career as a professional artist.

She has illustrated 9 successful children's books including How Sleep Found Tabitha, Going to the Fair and the perennial bestseller, Jessie's Island. Salmon Forest, written by Dr David Suzuki and Sara Ellis was released last spring. She won The Science in Society National book award and has been short listed for the BC Book Prize as well as the Amelia Francis Illustrators Award. Sheena has been featured on CBC radio as well as CH television.

This busy artist is best known for her crisp, colourful watercolors and oils . She combines gallery exhibitions, children's book illustration, and private commissions. She has been invited to teach workshops on the new Queen Mary 2. She has been an Artist in Residence in many school districts and has toured for Canadian Children's Book Center Book Week.

Sheena has exhibited paintings at the Winchester Galleries, The Harrison Gallery in West Vancouver, Quan-Scheider Gallery, Toronto, Pegasus Gallery, The Chateau Whistler, Harbour Gallery, Washington US, and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria .

She has won many awards including the Myfanwy Pavelic Spencer Award. She is an Associate of The Federation Of Canadian Artists. Sheena has been featured on CBC radio as well as CH television.

Sheena has participated in many exhibitions across Canada and in the US. Her work can be found in corporate and private collections throughout the world including: Shell Oil, Chapters Canada, The National Trust Corporation, and the Vancouver Public Library.

She works from her home studio in Sidney on Vancouver Island BC. Her website is www.sheenalott.com.

Sheena is available to do watercolour workshops [all materials provided] and lecture/presentations on the process of children's book illustration. Please contact the artist at sheena@sheenalott.com for more info and fee schedule.

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Another island and another bay...

Our hands stiffen from the cold. Santa doles out presents,

chuckles when his stomach is poked, and listens

One girl asks for a baby brother. A boy wants a teddy bear

for his sister, who is home with the flu.

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