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Amanda Reid-Stevens

Amanda Reid-Stevens was born in Toronto, Ontario to Mabel (Binky) Stevens and legendary Haida artist Bill Reid, whose work is exhibited around the globe, as well as on the Canadian twenty dollar bill.

Amanda Reid-Stevens is no stranger to writing in rhyme. Her lifelong interest in writing and rhyming can be credited to her mother, who made Amanda and her brother write thank-you letters to off-island relatives each and every time they received birthday and holiday presents. Amanda quickly learned to make this task more enjoyable by writing these letters in rhyme or creating stories she thought were funny. Amanda is finally sharing her gift of storytelling with her first book, The Canoe He Called Loo Taas.

The Canoe He Called Loo Taas
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Haida;
Grade Levels: 2; 3;

Loo Taas is the amazing 50-foot canoe designed by legendary artist Bill Reid, and carved by members of the Haida community. Her name means "Wave Eater." This is the story of how she came to be through the eyes of the designer's daughter. This is the story of Loo Taas.

In 2009, Loo Taas was the alternative mode of transportation for the Olympic Torch while touring on Haida Gwaii. Elder Percy Williams was the torchbearer.

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork