SubTopic: Fish

  Come Back, Salmon

by Molly Cone

PAPERBACK
Animals : Fish
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

The engrossing, true story of the relentless determination of the school children at Jackson Elementary in Everett, Washington to reclaim the polluted stream of Pigeon Creek as a salmon spawning ground is presented through interviews and full-color photographs of the children and teachers working at their project. Supplementary scientific information about the life cycle of salmon is included in panels beside the main text.

Reviewed in Nature's Course (September/October 1993) published by CCEL.

        Grades: 2nd to 6th

  Salmon Creek

by Annette LeBox & Karen Reczuch

HARDCOVER
Animals : Fish
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

Lyrical text and full-page illustrations follow the life cycle of Sumi, a Coho salmon, in this moving picture book. The voyage takes readers from Sumi's birth in a creek of the Pacific Northwest and her trip down a river to her new home in the ocean which she inhabits until her determined journey several years later back to her birthplace where she spawns and dies. "Home is the scent of cedar and creek. Home is the journey's end." -- words she heard at the beginning of her life which she sings later to her own eggs. Factual life cycle follows the text and a description of the environmental threats facing Pacific salmon.

        Grades: 1st & up

  A Salmon for Simon

by Betty Waterton & Ann Blades

PAPERBACK
Animals : Fish
Environmental Themes  : Extinction & Conservation

Simon, a Pacific Northwest Native American boy, had been fishing all summer for salmon and had no luck catching a "Sukai". When an eagle accidentally drops a salmon into a clam hole pool, Simon discovers that instead he wants to try to save the big beautiful fish find its way back to the open sea. This is a simple touching story, richly illustrated, with a conservation theme for young children.

        Grades: Pre-School to 2nd

  Salmon Forest

by David Suzuki & Sarah Ellis

HARDCOVER
Habitats & Ecosystems
Animals  : Fish

As Kate and her father explore the spawning area of sockeye salmon in the woods of the Pacific rain forest, her dad explains the life cycle of these fish as well as the interconnecting web amongst the forest, salmon and the animals that feed on the fish. The nutrients from the salmon feed insects, birds, bears and, ultimately, the forest. In turn, the forest contributes to maintaining a habitat for these fish by conserving the soil and shading the streams. At the end of their exploration, Kate and her dad meet with Native friends in the woods to share a meal of salmon, like the bears, birds, insects and trees. The vibrant watercolor illustrations bring to life the imagery of the life cycle of the sockeye salmon and the Pacific rain forest ecosystem.

        Grades: Preschool to 2nd