Salmon Summer

Salmon Summer

by Bruce McMillan
     
 

Every summer the salmon return to spawn in the streams of Kodiak Island, Alaska, and nine-year-old Alex, a native Aleut, comes here to fish with his family as his ancestors did. The abundant salmon are a source of food for the bears, eagles, foxes, magpies, gulls, and best of all, Alex's family. Bruce McMillan lived with the Shugak family at their fishing camp in

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Every summer the salmon return to spawn in the streams of Kodiak Island, Alaska, and nine-year-old Alex, a native Aleut, comes here to fish with his family as his ancestors did. The abundant salmon are a source of food for the bears, eagles, foxes, magpies, gulls, and best of all, Alex's family. Bruce McMillan lived with the Shugak family at their fishing camp in Moser Bay, Kodiak Island. Here, with his Alaskan native hosts, he ate smoked salmon, salmon-berries, and tamuuq. This close-up look at another way of life in the United States will fascinate young readers. With crisp photographs and a text rich in detail, Salmon Summer captures the natural beauty of the Alaskan island and the intense bond of family and tradition, revealing a faraway place seen by few outsiders.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-5Alex Shugak is a nine-year-old Aleut from Kodiak Island, Alaska, and the star of this gorgeous photo-essay. This is the first summer he is old enough to fish with his father to feed their family, and readers watch as the boy catches, sorts, cleans, and prepares the fish just as his ancestors have done for centuries. Bears and eagles fish in the same area: Alex shares his catch with birds and a mother fox, and with the elders in town who no longer fish. However, the real fun starts when the work is done and Alex is free to fish with a line, trying not for more salmon, but for a huge halibut, his favorite treat. The book is rich with information about the food, culture, and heritage of the Aleut, and a final note includes information about the Russian influence on the island. A thorough glossary offers additional facts about the animals and fishing practices seen in the photographs. Alex is an appealing subject and McMillan's large, colorful photographs bring his world vibrantly to life.Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library System, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395845448
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


Bruce McMillan has written and illustrated more children’s books set in Iceland than any other United States author. Going Fishing is his sixth to be set there, and his forty-third overall. He often summers in Iceland, though he lives in Shapleigh, Maine. Bruce holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Maine and has received numerous awards and honors for his children’s books.

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