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Jason and the Sea Otter
     

Jason and the Sea Otter

by Paul Montpellier
 
This delightful story of a Nootka boy, his explorations in nature, and the sea otter who saves his life, is now available in paperback!

In this contemporary tale, Jason discovers the return of the sea otter to his West Coast village. One day, while fishing in his dugout canoe, Jason sees a dark furry head with black eyes and a grey whiskery muzzle bobbing among the

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This delightful story of a Nootka boy, his explorations in nature, and the sea otter who saves his life, is now available in paperback!

In this contemporary tale, Jason discovers the return of the sea otter to his West Coast village. One day, while fishing in his dugout canoe, Jason sees a dark furry head with black eyes and a grey whiskery muzzle bobbing among the weeds. Fascinated, he spends many hours with his canoe tied to the kelp bed, watching the sea otter. One day Jason leans too far over in his canoe and falls into the water. The canoe has come loose from where he tied it and, and a strong current is carrying it away from him. But something prevents the canoe from drifting away.

In an entertaining way, Jason and the Sea Otter teaches children the importance of learning about and being in nature, and the respect that nature's wild creatures deserve. Paul Montpellier's full-colour illustrations have been described as "wonderfully clear and detailed, capturing both closeness to nature and a sense of continuity of native tradition."

Editorial Reviews

Vancouver Sun
"Paul Montpellier, who illustrated the book, has done a wonderful job. . . . The book would be enjoyed by many children, especially those from the age of five to the age of eight. It is a calming but exciting adventure with Jason in his canoe as he watches the wildlife on the rocks, in the water, and on the beaches. This book is enough to awaken an interest in wildlife in any child who reads it."
-Brenna Turvey, Vancouver Sun
Canadian Materials
"Jason and the Sea Otter is the kind of book that adults will never tire of reading to children in their care. Both author and illustrator have subtly presented details of the Nootka way of life in a manner which flows with the story rather than being forcefully injected out of context. Highly recommended."
-Joan Payzant, Canadian Materials
Edmonton Journal
"Jason and the Sea Otter is an enchanting story for younger children as well as an excellent introduction to West Coast native life."
-Edmonton Journal
From the Publisher
"Paul Montpellier, who illustrated the book, has done a wonderful job. . . . The book would be enjoyed by many children, especially those from the age of five to the age of eight. It is a calming but exciting adventure with Jason in his canoe as he watches the wildlife on the rocks, in the water, and on the beaches. This book is enough to awaken an interest in wildlife in any child who reads it."
-Brenna Turvey, Vancouver Sun

"Jason and the Sea Otter is the kind of book that adults will never tire of reading to children in their care. Both author and illustrator have subtly presented details of the Nootka way of life in a manner which flows with the story rather than being forcefully injected out of context. Highly recommended."
-Joan Payzant, Canadian Materials

"Jason and the Sea Otter is an enchanting story for younger children as well as an excellent introduction to West Coast native life."
-Edmonton Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550171624
Publisher:
Harbour Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
First hardcover edition 1989
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
4 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Joe Barber-Starkey was born in England in 1918, but spent nearly all his life on Vancouver Island working in municipal and environmental engineering. After retirement he spent 10 years as a volunteer guide for school programs at the Royal BC Museum. He has written two children's books for Harbour Publishing, Jason and the Sea Otter and Jason's New Dugout Canoe.

Paul Montpellier was born in Vancouver in 1949. He trained at the Calgary Art School and has worked as both an artist/illustrator and a set designer. Since 1977 he has been a tree surgeon for the National Parks Board. Paul wrote and illustrated Atlas and illustrated the bestselling Jason and the Sea Otter and Jason's New Dugout Canoe, both written by Joe Barber Starkey.

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