I\’m participating in a reading event hosted by Reading With Mrs. D, a Canadian blogger from Nova Scotia.
All sorts of Canadian bloggers are linking up to share a Canadian-authored book, representative of their province or territory.
My choice is A Salmon for Simon. This beautiful book was written over 30 years ago ~ the same year I was married ~ 1978.
It\’s won two awards and has easily withstood the test of time.
Title: A Salmon for Simon
Author: Betty Waterton (1923-2012)
Illustrator: Ann Blades
Publisher: Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press, 1978
Intended Audience: 3 to 9
Themes: First Nations, West Coast, Salmon, Growing Up, Determination, Helping Others
Opening Lines: All summer Simon had been fishing for a salmon. \”It\’s the king of the fishes,\” he told his sisters. \”We know,\” they said. \”That\’s why great-grandmother calls it Sukai.\” When Simon was little, his sisters had taught him how to catch minnows with a strainer. But this year his father had given him a fishing pole of his own, and he had been fishing every day. He hadn\’t caught a single salmon.
Brief Synopsis: Simon spends his summer desperately hoping to catch a salmon. But September arrives and still no luck. One day a bald eagle, flying by with a coho in its talons, miraculously drops it in a clam hole right in front of Simon. Simon is so struck with the beauty of the salmon, that he makes an unexpected decision.
Why I Like This Book: It\’s pure West Coast, the children are First Nations, the illustrations are realistic, and the overall theme is book-discussion worthy. I think this book has always been a winner and I\’m very happy it\’s still in print.