Dance Baby Dance is a new board book from Orca Book Publishers that celebrates the relationship of newborn infants with their parents, siblings, cousins and grandparents. In rhyming verse each page of the board book features a colour photograph of a baby welcomed into the family circle through dance and music. The only cautionary note to this otherwise charming board book is the reference to young children patting a puppy in the park. The illustration shows an unattended toddler extending her hand to a large dog.
Thunderbird Spirit is part of the Orca Sports series and is targeted for reluctant readers who require high interest and low vocabulary books. This hockey oriented title contains an exciting sports context as well as racism, mystery and friendship themes. The two main characters are teen boys who play hockey for a Seattle team. The one character named Mike is a reckless and often quick to anger youth who has just been traded to this Seattle team and is starting to wear out his welcome.
The Littlest Sled Dog is the recent book by Inuit storyteller Michael Kusugak about the imaginative dreams of a little terrier dog who lives with her mother in a kennel. The little dog is told stories about dogs around the world and is enchanted by the tales of a St. Bernard rescuing a lost skier, a golden retriever fetching a duck killed by a hunter, or the sled dogs of the Far North pulling sleds while their masters holler, mush. The little dog dreams of one day being an important dog that has wonderful adventures. While at the kennel, the staff begins to call the little dog, You Too.
The Gift of Reading co-authored by David Bouchard and Wendy Sutton offer a how-to guide to parents, teachers, and school administration staff who want to instill a joy and love for reading in their children. The chapters are written in straight-forward style that offers even non-readers a glimpse into why reading and books are important to a child's development and education. The sections are directed to parents, teachers, and administrators. A listing of book suggestions with brief annotations is provided.
For the Love of Reading: Books to Build Lifelong Readers is a children's literature guide for anyone who knows the importance of reading should be introduced to children at the earliest opportunity. Authors David Bouchard, Lucie Poulin-Mackey, Sally Bender and Anne Letain have compiled a list of favourite children's books and organized over 500 titles into eight chapters. The authors all believe that reaching children and instilling the love of reading begins when parents also realize the importance of reading and literacy.
Middle Row is part of the Orca Soundings series published by Orca Publishing. This series is designed as short, large-print paperback novels with high interest and low vocabulary. Targeted at the reluctant reader, the stories use compelling themes combined with authentic teenage dialogue. The book does not draw the reader's attention that is designed for teens reading below grade level. This novel is levelled at 2.4. Middle Row's storyline does not disappoint.
Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns by Tlicho (Dogrib) writer Richard Van Camp offers new parents a charming board book for baby. This lyrical poem offers a gentle song to read aloud to baby. The 24-page board book contains stunning and evocative photographs of newborns and infants with their parents. The photos show multicultural parents and children which will appeal to everyone. This book is selected as a recommended title in the 2009 First Nations Libraries Community Reads program.
War of the Eagles is an historical novel set on the West Coast of Canada during the period of the Second World War. The main character is fourteen-year-old Jed, whose English father currently serves in Europe flying fighter planes for the RAF. Jed's Haida/Tsimshian mother works as the cook for the local Canadian military base nearby. Jed and his best friend, Tadashi Fukushima, a Japanese boy who lives with his family in a nearby fishing village, find interesting after school activities. Jed begins work as a part-time hunter for the army camp to supplement the military rations.
Yellow Line is part of the Orca Soundings series published by Orca Publishing. This series is designed as short, large-print paperback novels with high interest and low vocabulary. Targeted at the reluctant reader, the stories use compelling themes combined with authentic teenage dialogue. The book does not draw the reader's attention that is designed for teens reading below grade level. Yellow Line's storyline does not disappoint. Sylvia Olsen tells a story about two separate communities, one a small whites-only village and the other a small First Nations reserve set in British Columbia.
UNAVAILABLE Secret of the Dance is a picture book tells the fictional story of an nine-year-old Kwakwaka'wakw boy who witnesses a Potlatch Ceremony in 1935. Retired provincial court judge, Alfred Scow, recounts the event to Andrea Spalding about this once forbidden ceremony. The federal government passed legislation prohibiting Potlatch Ceremonies in 1885. These important ceremonies were often held in private by families because if caught the participants could face prison time or have their regalia and masks confiscated.