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A West Coast Summer

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Format: Hardcover
Status: In Print
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;
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To the sea, to the sea,

who or what waits here for me?

Pairing two dozen of Carol Evans’s wonderful watercolours with a lilting rhyming story by Caroline Woodward, A West Coast Summer tells of a timeless, idyllic season where “Sea salt in the air floats everywhere / and cedars smell so sweet beside the shore.” Children race bikes along sand flats, search under logs and in tide pools for tiny creatures, jig at the dock for herring, dance at a totem raising ceremony, pick berries, make memories and leave footprints in the sand.

Evans’s illustrations capture the jubilation of children exploring the seashore, inspiring young readers to take their own journey to the sea to discover who or what waits for them in the Pacific Northwest—and learn that the best memories are those shared with family and friends.

Readers of all ages will enjoy this charming collaboration, sure to become a West Coast children’s classic.

Reviews
"A West Coast Summer is simply magical! You’ll find yourself transported into the wonder of a perfect day by the ocean. A must-have for anyone who loves to play!"— Robert Budd, co-author of the Northwest Coast Legends and First West Coast Books series

"I have long admired Carol Evans’s art. What a treat to see her paintings in her first book for children. The light, the ripples of water, the joy! Evans’s paintings vibrate with the magic of rocks and tide pools as seen from a child’s point of view. Accompanied by Caroline Woodward’s lyrical text, this book feels like author and illustrator take the reader by the hand for a wondrous walk in the sunshine. A must-read, not just for West Coasters but for all who want to experience the beauty of wild Pacific shores." — Margriet Ruurs, author of Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

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32 pages | 8.50" x 11.00"