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category: Children's Fiction
published: May 2019
publisher: Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.

Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue

illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers, by Robert Budd

tagged: colors, seasons

Praise for Hello Humpback!, the inaugural title in the First West Coast Books series:

“Graceful, well-constructed rhymes pair with First Nations artist Vickers’s crisp, luminous scenes… It’s a gorgeous glimpse of the distinctive landscapes and creatures of the Northwest, and it will enchant residents and nonlocals alike.”

—starred review, Publishers Weekly

With vibrant illustrations and a glossy tactile finish, this sturdy board book introduces babies and toddlers to a kaleidoscope of colours and the rhythm of changing seasons on the West Coast. Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue follows the shifting spectrum of the Pacific Northwest including the quiet grey rain of winter, the verdant growth of spring, the jewel red tones of tart summer huckleberries and the shimmering scales of a spawning sockeye salmon as it turns from silver to red in fall. Like Hello Humpback! and One Eagle Soaring, this board book will be sure to enthrall the very youngest readers while introducing the delights of the natural world.

About the Authors

Roy Henry Vickers is a renowned carver, painter, printmaker and storyteller. He is the illustrator and co-author of Harbour Publishing’s popular children’s First West Coast Book series and Northwest Coast Legends series, the latter of which were all shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award: Raven Brings the Light in 2014, Cloudwalker in 2015, Orca Chief in 2016 and Peace Dancer in 2017. His other books include Storyteller (Harbour Publishing, 2014) and Voices from the Skeena (Harbour Publishing, 2019). He lives in Hazelton, BC.

Robert (Lucky) Budd is the co-author of both the Northwest Coast Legends series and First West Coast Book series and the author of Voices of British Columbia (Douglas & McIntyre, 2010), which was shortlisted for the 2011 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award, and its sequel, Echoes of British Columbia (Harbour Publishing, 2014), which won second prize in the BC Historical Federation’s writing competition in 2014. He is also co-author of Voices from the Skeena (Harbour Publishing, 2019). He lives in Victoria, BC.

  • Winner, Gold in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards for Board Books in 2019
Editorial Reviews
— CanLit for Little Canadians

— Working Mommy Journal

— Canadian Review of Materials

“In one standout winter scene, sparse text - “Grey mist, / whales / and heavy rains” - is paired with textured, criss-crossed lines of sleet falling on three whales swimming in the ocean. Soothing, extra-sensory elements like this, combined with Indigenous art, make this B.C. story one that should be read on both coasts and all places in between.” — Review in Quill & Quire, October 2019, “Chew on This” by Shannon Ozirny

— Quill & Quire

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