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Gloria Snively

Gloria Snively started exploring the seashore when she was a child living in a small rural community in Oregon. After teaching in Portland, and spending time in Oregon, California, Washington, B.C. and Alaska, she moved to British Columbia in 1967 where is now a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria teaching science, environmental and marine education. Her best selling field guide Exploring the Seashore is now in its 11th printing. Her interests include curriculum development, First Nations education; giving natural history workshops to teachers, park interpreters and community groups; and of course, exploring our stunning seashores.

Prior to teaching university students, she was a classroom teacher in the primary, intermediate, and junior secondary grades. Her books and curriculum materials are the product of years of teaching children and adults to understand, protect, and love the seashore.

Over the past 30 years Dr. Snively has conducted workshops with schools and groups, often flying into coastal communities such as Bella Bella, Hartly Bay, Port Simpson, Kitkatla and the Queen Charlotte Islands.

Gloria Snively is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Education where she teaches science, environmental and marine education; as well as graduate-level research courses.  Her professional interests include science education, cross-cultural science education, qualitative research methods, constructivist research, and metaphorical learning theories .

Explore the Rocky Shore with Sam and Crystal
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Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

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 explore the tide pools of Eagle Cove, a sheltered inlet on the Northwest Pacific Coast.  The children discover that you don’t have to go far out to sea to encounter some remarkable creatures: a great variety of crabs, sea stars, sea anemones, sea urchins, snails, shrimps, clams, jellyfish and much more.  With the help of Ada, an Indigenous woman, the children learn about Raven’s intelligence and playfulness, encounter Grandfather Father Tidepool Sculpin, and explore the shoreline through the eyes of an ancient fish.  The fantasy enables the children to gain an understanding of the High Tide Zone, the Middle Tide Zone, and the Low Tide Zone.  For example, in the chapter “Sunflower Sea Star, the Terror of the Seashore”, Karen’s drawings clearly illustrate a cockle clam’s reaction to the approach of a sea star! 

Although a fictitious story, the accuracy of the facts is guaranteed as Gloria Snively is a University of Victoria professor emeritus of science, environmental and marine education”.  Gloria’s work with Indigenous educators and elders brings authenticity to every page. “Beautifully illustrated with colourful and scientifically accurate drawings and paintings, the book is both an entertaining story and a useful learning tool”. 

Reviews
"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

"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)

Educator Information
Recommended for ages 6-12.

Notes from the author: "These books are set in a fictional setting but depict northwest coast marine creatures as well as Northwest Coast Indigenous ways of harvesting ocean resources and relating to the land, the ocean, and all of creation."

"The stories are about Sam and Crystal who visit their Aunt Kate and Uncle Charlie in a remote coast location. A fifth major character is Ada, an Indigenous woman who is Aunt Kate’s best friend. Aunt Kate is a retired marine biologist. The two women teach the children all about marine organisms and in particular to take care of the seashore and all its living creatures—Aunt Kate from a biological/ecological perspective and Ada from a coastal Indigenous, often spiritual perspective. The two ways of knowing overlap and reinforce the importance of sustainability and respecting all the creatures of nature."

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64 pages | 8.00" x 10.00"

 

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Explore the Wild Coast with Sam and Crystal
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Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

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

Sam and Crystal travel with their Aunt Kate and Uncle Charlie to a remote location on the Northwest Pacific Coast.  In route, they see white-sided dolphins, killer whales, tufted puffins, bald eagles, harbor seals, sea lions, sea otters, crabs, sea stars and much more. “Through the character of Aunt Kate, a retired marine biologist, the children explore basic marine ecology concepts”.  Ada, an Indigenous woman from nearby Salmon Bay Village, is Aunt Kate’s best friend. “Through the words of Ada, the children experience a glimpse into an Indigenous view of knowledge and learning.”  The two ways of knowing overlap and reinforce the importance of sustainability and respecting all the creatures of nature.  For example, the children learn that some pods of killer whales are endangered, some runs of salmon are rapidly declining, and that killer whales and salmon require greater protections. 

A lavishly illustrated story with colourful and scientifically accurate drawings and paintings.  Although a fictitious story, the book contains a wealth of accessible marine ecology facts, and has been informed by Indigenous educators and elders.

Reviews
"A wonderful story that is enjoyable for children (and even adults) of all ages."— Andy Lamb, marine naturalist

"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

"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

Educator Information
Recommended for ages 6-12.

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 six to twelve.

Notes from the author: "These books are set in a fictional setting but depict northwest coast marine creatures as well as Northwest Coast Indigenous ways of harvesting ocean resources and relating to the land, the ocean, and all of creation."

"The stories are about Sam and Crystal who visit their Aunt Kate and Uncle Charlie in a remote coast location. A fifth major character is Ada, an Indigenous woman who is Aunt Kate’s best friend. Aunt Kate is a retired marine biologist. The two women teach the children all about marine organisms and in particular to take care of the seashore and all its living creatures—Aunt Kate from a biological/ecological perspective and Ada from a coastal Indigenous, often spiritual perspective. The two ways of knowing overlap and reinforce the importance of sustainability and respecting all the creatures of nature."

Additional Information
64 pages | 8.00" x 10.00"

Authentic Canadian Content
$22.95

Quantity: