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Explore the Wild Coast with Sam and Crystal

Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Status: In Print
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;
Authentic Canadian Content

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.

"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"