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Salmon Creek Paperback – February 10, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books; Reprint edition (February 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888996446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888996442
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 8.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-Reczuch's illustrations capture the natural beauty of stream and ocean in which the intriguing life cycle of the coho salmon occurs. With so much inherent drama in the facts, LeBox's decision to tell the story as a romanticized account of a fish named Sumi is unfortunate. While still in her egg, Sumi hears the mystical song of her dying mother, and her life becomes devoted to following a poetic dream, narrated in prose laced with couplets such as, "The males grew fangs and fierce hooked noses./Their scales became the color of roses." A time line of the fish's life cycle and an essay on threats to the salmon follow Sumi's story. Books such as Molly Cone's Come Back, Salmon (Sierra Club, 1992) demonstrate how real stories effectively told can be more compelling than cloying personifications. Let this book swim by with some wistful regret that the lovely art wasn't better served.
Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 3-6. Sometimes in rhyme, sometimes in free verse, this stellar picture-book combination of fiction, science, and ecology allows children to accompany a coho salmon, Sumi, through her life cycle, beginning with Sumi snug in a newly laid egg, "pale orange sun," and ending as Sumi lays eggs of her own. Reczuch's powerful watercolors accurately picture the salmon and its varying environments: roaring rapids, quiet ponds, a mist-shrouded creek. In one striking picture sequence, the tranquility of a fresh water stream on a snowy night is shattered as a gull thrusts its beak through the water, hungry for fry. The narrative pace quickens to reflect the drama: "Spring arrived again with a torrent of water. / Rushing, rumbling, roaring, tumbling! / The current carried the fry, head first, downstream, / Past ducks and herons with hungry beaks, / Past gulls and dippers eager to feast. / The creek hurled the fry over rocks and sweepers, / Tossed them against roots and tangled creepers." Filled with facts, this visually striking effort concludes with a time line of the coho's life cycle, information about the fishes' threatened habitat, and suggestions of how children can help minimize the perils the coho face. Ellen Mandel
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Format: Paperback
Presenting accurate information about the life cycle of the wild Pacific salmon in the format of a beautifully illustrated picturebook, young readers age 4 to 8 will enjoy author Annette LeBox's eloquent and enthusiastically recommended story of Sumi, a coho salmon from her birth and trip down river to the ocean, to her time as a fully mature fish swimming in the great seas, to her determined return up river to her birthplace where she can spawn. Karen Reczuch's artwork is a perfect visual aid in caring forward the informative text, which is enhanced with the inclusion of an afterword presenting the factual basis for the picturebook story and the threats facing wild salmon today. Especially recommended for school and community library collections, Salmon Creek is also available in a hardcover edition (0888994583, $16.95).
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By Hazel C. Ardinger on December 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
Text and illustrations are so beautiful. I first bought the book for a grandchild, then bought the same book for two other grandchildren and two adult friends and one for myself!!!!
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By A Customer on October 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend Salmon Creek. It is an excellent resource for learning about the salmon in a rich poetic story form. The beautiful artwork enhances the story and there is more factual information, including a timeline, at the end of the book.
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