A Library of the School of EducationDPIUW-Madison School Of EducationUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonUW-Madison LibraryUW-Madison Catalog
About the CCBC
Authors and Illustrators
Recommended Books for Children and Young Adults
CCBC Calendar and Events
CCBC Podcasts
CCBC Publications
Intellectual Freedom

Support the CCBC
Support the CCBC
Are you a...K-12 TeacherLibrarianEarly Childhood Care ProviderUW Student / Faculty

Salmon Forest

by David  Suzuki and Sarah Ellis
Illustrated by Sheena Lott

Published by Greystone Books / Douglas & McIntyre, 2003
40 pages
ISBN: 1-55054-937-5

Ages 5-9

As Kate and her dad talk a walk through the Pacific Northwest rain forest, he explains to her how all life in the forest is connected-each living thing dependent on another, or many others. The back-and-forth dialogue between Kate and her dad feels natural rather than forced. This prevents the narrative from straying to didacticism, despite its strong environmental message and the bounty of information about the life cycle of the salmon and other aspects of the forest ecosystem that's packed in. A subtle aspect of the story references Native fishing practices. Kate and her dad come upon friends spearfishing in the river and stay to share some of the catch that they prepare. The family is clearly Native, although this is never explicitly stated in the story. Sheena Lott's light-filled watercolors form an exquisite backdrop on every page. CCBC Categories: Picture Books for School-Aged Children.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

book cover
Book of the Week

In accordance with the UW-Madison Accessibility Policy, this site makes every effort to comply with the World Wide Web standards defined in the Federal Rehabilitation Act Section 508, specifically subsections 1194.22 and subsection 1194.31. If you need additional resources or have any questions or concerns about this site, please contact the site administrator for more information.
UW crest