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list price: $22.95
edition:Hardcover
category: Children's Fiction
published: July 2018
ISBN:9781772031676
publisher: Heritage House Publishing

Explore the Wild Coast with Sam and Crystal

by Gloria Snively, illustrated by Karen Gillmore

tagged: environment, marine life, imagination & play
Description

A beautifully illustrated story that teaches children about marine biology and the coastal environment of BC and the Pacific Northwest.

 

Join eleven-year-old Crystal and her seven-year-old brother, Sam, as they travel by seine boat along the rugged Pacific coastline to visit their aunt Kate, a marine biologist, and uncle Charlie, a retired fisherman, at their home in a sheltered inlet called Eagle Cove. As Aunt Kate takes the children for walks along the beach and teaches them about marine life, tidal zones, and habitats, they meet a dazzling range of sea creatures and learn the importance of observing, respecting, and preserving nature. Colourful, engaging, and educational, Explore the Wild Coast with Sam and Crystal is both a delightful story and an indispensable 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.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
3 to 7
Editorial Reviews

Gloria Snively has taken her classic field guide Exploring the Seashore and transformed it into a children’s adventure narrative that leaves no shoreline stone unturned.

— Briony Penn, author of The Real Thing: The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan

A wonderful story that is enjoyable for children (and even adults) of all ages.

— Andy Lamb, marine naturalist

As the tide rolls in and out daily in our territory, we are reminded of the abundance of food in our Kwakwaka’wakw oceans, our lands, and our air. As the children in Explore the Wild Coast with Sam and Crystal receive teachings from Ada, they become connected to the spirits within our environment and our ocean. A bond is developed that will provide a foundation of understanding and the need to protect and champion our environment. Sam and Crystal’s journey with Aunt Kate will become a foundation for their future passions and work. Gilakas’la to Dr. Gloria Snively for bringing our young people on a journey of understanding and connection through her story.

— Nella Nelson, Coordinator of Aboriginal Nations Education, School District #61, Victoria, BC
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