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. Volume XIX Number 33. . . .April 26, 2013
Earlier known as the Strait of Georgia, or Gulf of Georgia, the body of water between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island was part of the area renamed “The Salish Sea” in 2010 following a proposal by the Chemainus First Nation. The lovely map on the end pages of Gulf Islands Alphabet is labelled “The Gulf Islands in the Salish Sea.”
Artist Alex Walton depicts a landscape familiar to residents of the West Coast in Gulf Islands Alphabet. Expanses of ocean, towering trees and thick undergrowth are realistically featured in the watercolours that fill the pages. The passage of the seasons is also captured well. I love the winter scene of the crows atop a fir tree with a ferry boat in the near distance. Although the natural features in the book are true-to-life, some of the human figures are awkward and out of proportion.
There is a certain greeting card quality to the words rather than the capturing of a mood that would appeal to children.
Recommended with reservations.
Ellen Heaney is Head, Children’s Services at the New Westminster Public Library, New Westminster, BC.
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