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|Author: Carol Reed-Jones
Illustrator: Michael S. Maydak
Retail Price: Paperback • $8.95
Named a prestigious CBC/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book, this is a poetic yet accurate description of the life cycle of salmon. For kids, it’s fun and eye-opening. For teachers, it’s a valuable supplement to a unit on water, fish and ocean animals, and the life cycle. Fast-paced prose and brilliant illustrations follow the salmon from their form as eggs in a stream to the wide ocean, eventually making a hazardous journey home to their stream of origin. As in her earlier best-selling book, The Tree in the Ancient Forest, author Carol Reed-Jones uses cumulative verse – a literary technique that is not only enjoyable but suggests how interconnected salmon are with their habitat. At the back is a section on salmon facts and what makes a good habitat for them, teaching the basics of ecology and why clean streams and waters are so important.
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- Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award
- CBC/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
The sense of movement of the Salmon Stream is embedded in the language, words, and illustrations. Whether read to a group or individually, it’s enticing reading. Elementary students will enjoy following the salmon through its migration and reproductive cycle. Additional facts, references, and organizations that study and support conservation are listed.
— NSTA Recommends (June 2010)
From a publisher “dedicated to inspiring in children a deeper understanding and appreciation for all life on Earth,” this is an excellent and engaging book for readers 6 and older. The cumulative verse tale about ocean-migrating salmon is well-suited to a fish with so dramatic a life cycle. From “This is the tiny fish that hatched (and has its dinner still attached,” we travel through danger and growth until, leaping 10-foote falls, the salmon return to spawning grounds and the mythical story begins again. Maydak’s gripping paintings are realistic but add color, compression and activity to match the fast-moving story. An appendix includes information about the salmon cycle and good salmon streams, as well as a column on how kids can help, and North American conservation groups.
— The Tampa Tribune – Julie Empric (April 13, 2003)
Rich in imagery and lively in verse, this book inspires wonder and appreciation for these amazing fish, a species born in mountain streams, living in the ocean, and migrating back to their place of birth to breed and expire. Filled with resources for learning more about salmon, this book teaches children that all life is important, and when we loose a piece of life’s tapestry, all life, including human, is diminished.
— Acorn & Oaks (Acorn Naturalists Newsletter)(Summer 2002)