CM December 8, 1995. Vol. II, Number 8

image Tides of Change: Faces of the Northwest Coast.

Sheryl McFarlane. Illustrated by Ken Campbell.
Victoria, BC: Orca, 1995. 32pp, cloth, $15.95.
ISBN 1-55143-040-1.

Subject Heading:
Pacific Coast (B.C.)-Juvenile literature.

All Ages.
Review by Lorraine Douglas.


Old growth coastal forests touched by a hundred thousand days of mist and rain have existed for an eternity. Yet we've only just begun to understand the intricacy of this living tapestry.

image The award-winning author of Waiting for the Whales (Orca, 1991) poses questions to the reader about the histories, people, and faces of the Northwest Coast. She explains petroglyphs, how lumberjacks worked, tidepool treasures, the Grey Whales, and several other topics.

Each page is illustrated with a brilliantly coloured realistic painting. The text is reminiscent of If You're Not from the Prairie by Dave Bouchard (Raincoast, 1993) in its theme of appreciation for the world around us. However, Tides of Change does not have the continuity of Bouchard's poem and would be more difficult to read aloud. But it is a real browsing item that might pique a child's interest in different topics.

An appendix of interesting details the author discovered in her research is included.

Lorraine Douglas is Youth Services Coordinator for the Winnipeg Public Library.

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ISSN 1201-9364

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