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. Volume XIV Number 18. . . .May 2, 2008
It is an interesting partnership that has produced this late primary/early intermediate book about Canada's forest industry. Both of the authors are from northern British Columbia, the heart of logging country. Where Waldron's output has been in picture books (Roundup at the Palace), Walsh has written a good deal of fiction for older children based on the history of the Cariboo Gold Rush (By the Skin of his Teeth: A Barkerville Mystery), as well as being the editor of several anthologies. Photography here is by professional photographer Bob Warick, who is also a BC resident.
In Forestry A-Z, each page is dedicated to one letter of the alphabet. A heading which explains what subject is to be discussed is accompanied by a single long paragraph of text and a colour photograph, often with insets which show detail or elaborate on the main picture. The book is very much about the logging industry of today, although there are one or two historical photos. As an example of the content, here is the entry for the letter "O." The heading "Old growth offers homes for owls, ospreys and others" is followed by the text
The last double-spread gives a quick summary of the book's contents in the same alphabetical order.
Ellen Heaney is Head of Children's Services at the New Westminster Public Library, New Westminster, BC.
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