K-Gr. 2. Katie and her dad are hiking near a river when Dad announces, "Today we're going to find a story . . . . It's called The Salmon Forest
." In a dialogue between father and daughter, the facts of a salmon's spawning cycle emerge. The facts unfold at a meandering pace that may leave some children restless, and other recent titles, such as Annette LeBox's Salmon Creek
[BKL Ja 1 & 15 03], offer a clearer presentation of spawning. But the text includes lovely sensory descriptions, and the book offers a wider view of the fish's ecosystem than many other books on the subject. In clear, kid-friendly language, Katie and Dad discuss how the salmon and the forest ecosystem form an intricate web of dependency that includes flesh-eating fungi, maggots, and "all the poop" from the animals that feed on salmon. Vibrant watercolors of sun-dappled forest light and shimmering fish bodies add to the sense of atmosphere. A fine demonstration of the web of life for early-elementary science units. A salmon recipe and a glossary are appended. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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" wonderfully imagined the watercolour illustrations are sensitive and beautiful a very special and timely book." Magpies Vol 18, No 5, Nov 2003.David Suzuki s love and knowledge of the environment shines through. The watercolour illustrations are bright and lively. ABR Dec 2003
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