"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."
The West Is Calling: Imagining British Columbiaby Sarah N. Harvey, Leslie Buffam, Dianna Bonder (Illustrator)
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.
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 (objects to find on each spread are listed in the back), and a paean to British Columbia all rolled into one neatly designed package. Realistic paintings expand the essence of each haiku and are full of details that will hold readers' interest. Back matter includes short history lessons explaining the poems, which span from pre-contact to the present day, making this a quality poetry and history collaboration that celebrates Canada's westernmost province. The book also offers good comparison material for a study of U.S. westward expansion.-Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
- Orca Book Publishers
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.80(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.30(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 12 Years
Read an Excerpt
Smoke from longhouse fires shrouds the totems. A whale leaps, rocking the canoes.
shrouds the totems. A whale leaps,
rocking the canoes.
Meet the Author
Sarah N. Harvey writes for both children and young adults. Some of her books have been translated into Korean, French, German and Slovenian. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she works as a children's book editor. For more information, visit www.sarahnharvey.com.
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