The West Is Calling: Imagining British Columbia

Overview

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' ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

Times-Colonist

"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 Bookmark (BCTLA)
"Gives a great overview of B.C.'s history, while the poems could be used for a lesson in haiku. Recommended."
Canadian Teacher Magazine
"A pictorial celebration...A beautiful picture book that could be used at many levels to deepen your students' understanding of how Canada and British Columbia have changed over time."
CM Magazine
"Recommended."
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"The illustrations are teeming with historical detail: a pleasing and easy way to absorb information...Highly recommended for both school and public libraries. It is an enjoyable recreational read and a highly informative resource for young historians."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"The illustrations are very well done, the haiku children's poetry is delightful, and the addition of 'Historical Notes' and the 'seek and find' all make it a wonderful book."
Canadian Children's Book News
"A wonderful addition to Canadian history books for children...There is something lovely and evocative about the experience of reading through the haikus and letting Bonder's illustrations wash over you."
School Library Journal

Gr 1-4

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551439365
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah N. Harvey has written for both children and young adults. Some of her books have been translated into Korean, German and Slovenian. Sarah lives and writes in Victoria, British Columbia. Visit www.sarahnharvey.com for more information.

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Read an Excerpt

Smoke from longhouse fires

shrouds the totems. A whale leaps,

rocking the canoes.

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