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Paul Montpellier

Paul Montpellier was born in Vancouver in 1949. He trained at the Calgary Art School and has worked as both an artist/illustrator and a set designer. Since 1977 he has been a tree surgeon for the National Parks Board. 

Jason and the Sea Otter
Authors:
Joe Barber-Starkey
Artists:
Paul Montpellier
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

This is a delightful story of a Nootka boy, his explorations in nature, and the sea otter who saves his life.

In this contemporary tale, Jason discovers the return of the sea otter to his West Coast village. One day, while fishing in his dugout canoe, Jason sees a dark furry head with black eyes and a grey whiskery muzzle bobbing among the weeds. Fascinated, he spends many hours with his canoe tied to the kelp bed, watching the sea otter. One day Jason leans too far over in his canoe and falls into the water. The canoe has come loose from where he tied it and, and a strong current is carrying it away from him. But something prevents the canoe from drifting away.

In an entertaining way, Jason and the Sea Otter teaches children the importance of learning about and being in nature, and the respect that nature's wild creatures deserve. Paul Montpellier's full-colour illustrations have been described as "wonderfully clear and detailed, capturing both closeness to nature and a sense of continuity of native tradition."

Reviews
"Paul Montpellier, who illustrated the book, has done a wonderful job. . . . The book would be enjoyed by many children, especially those from the age of five to the age of eight. It is a calming but exciting adventure with Jason in his canoe as he watches the wildlife on the rocks, in the water, and on the beaches. This book is enough to awaken an interest in wildlife in any child who reads it." Brenna Turvey, Vancouver Sun

"Jason and the Sea Otter is the kind of book that adults will never tire of reading to children in their care. Both author and illustrator have subtly presented details of the Nootka way of life in a manner which flows with the story rather than being forcefully injected out of context. Highly recommended." -Joan Payzant, Canadian Materials

"Jason and the Sea Otter is an enchanting story for younger children as well as an excellent introduction to West Coast native life."— Edmonton Journal

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32 pages | 7.00" x 10.00"

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$12.95

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Jason's New Dugout Canoe
Authors:
Joe Barber-Starkey
Artists:
Paul Montpellier
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6; 7;

The long-awaited sequel to BC children's classic Jason and the Sea Otter.

This delightful story of a Nuu-chah-nulth boy explores First Nations traditions and values through the making of a canoe. Jason's first canoe is crushed during a storm, and he must replace it. Through Uncle Silas, he learns the traditional methods of canoe building - plus scores of stories and legends about his heritage. In an entertaining way, Jason's New Dugout Canoe also teaches the important lesson of patience, plus respect and reverence for nature and all its creatures.

The story is packed with stunning, full-colour illustrations by Paul Montpellier, which one reviewer has described as "wonderfully clear and detailed, capturing both closeness to nature and a sense of continuity of Native tradition."

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32 pages | 7.75" x 10.50"

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$18.95

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