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category: Children's Fiction
published: July 2018
publisher: Heritage House Publishing

Explore the Rocky Shore with Sam and Crystal

by Gloria Snively, illustrated by Karen Gillmore

tagged: environment, law & crime, marine life

A lavishly illustrated story that teaches children about the marine ecosystems of coastal Pacific rocky shores.

Siblings Crystal and Sam and their aunt Kate and uncle Charlie continue their exploration of the ecosystems of Eagle Cove, a sheltered inlet on the Pacific Northwest coast. In this adventure, the children stick close to home on the rocky shore and discover that you don’t need to go far out to sea in order to encounter some remarkable creatures! With the help of their neighbour Ada, Sam and Crystal explore the tide pools and shoreline through the eyes of an ancient fish, who draws a connection between the physical and mythical worlds, and who teaches the children about the importance of protecting our planet. Lavishly illustrated with colourful and scientifically accurate drawings and paintings, Explore the Rocky Shore with Sam and Crystal is both an entertaining story and an useful learning tool for children ages eight to eleven.

About the Authors

Gloria Snively is a professor emeritus of science, environmental, and marine education in the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, and a former classroom teacher of primary and junior secondary grades. She is a founding member of the Northwest Association of Marine Educators and the author of the classic bestselling field guide Exploring the Seashore in British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon, now in its eleventh printing. Her passions include curriculum development; First Nations education; giving natural history workshops to teachers, park interpreters, and community groups; and exploring the stunning seashores of the west coast. She lives in Sooke, BC.

Karen Gillmore has been an artist since she could hold crayons. In addition to being a children’s book illustrator, she also draws and writes comics and illustrates graphic novels. She lives in Victoria, BC. karengillmoreart.com.

Editorial Reviews

Gloria Snively’s beautiful book fires up the imagination and makes learning fun and effortless.

— Holly Arntzen, eco-songwriter/singer/producer, Artist Response Team (ART)

As Sam and Crystal explore the coast with Uncle Charlie, Aunt Kate, Ada, and Grandfather Sculpin they come to understand the interconnectedness of all things through food gathering, food preparation, and giving thanks to the salmon. Throughout the story, the children receive teachings about the importance of respecting and making wise decisions about the ocean and our plant and animal family.

— 'Nalaga Donna Cranmer, 'Namgis First Nation, Principal of Wagalus School, Fort Rupert, BC

Explore the Rocky Shore continues the adventures [of Sam and Crystal] with a salmon fishing trip followed by the children’s explorations in the remaining tidal zones – Middle Tide Zone and Low Tide Zone. Since the tide remains too high during their visit for casual observations, they are magically transformed into sculpins and led by Grandfather Sculpin, an ancient one from the sea whom Indigenous elders respect for his wisdom about life at the seashore. They enjoy an underwater excursion with this “oldest and wisest of the sculpins” who has “a mind that can think like a fish and talk with people”. Sam and Crystal encounter more marine wonders and learn about their habitats and the interconnections in nature.

— Gillian Richardson, Canadian Materials
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