Written by Annette Lebox
Illustrated by Karen Reczuch
Publication Date July 01, 2004
All phases in the life of Sumi, a coho salmon, are shown from her trip down river to the ocean; her time as a fully mature fish swimming in the great seas; to the most fascinating and mysterious period in the life cycle of these magic animals, the determined return against great obstacles to her birthplace.
Thousands of people come to witness these last great moments in the lives of salmon because it is such a moving and interesting phenomenon. As wild salmon become rarer due to our exploitation of their environment and the consequent destruction of their habitat, as well as from our abusive overfishing practices, their story engages us more than ever.
This book is a plea for protection of salmon and of the natural world which they inhabit. A capsule life cycle presents the factual basis for the poetic text, and an afterward decribes the threats facing wild salmon today.
Selected for the Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award (Honor Book) 2003
Annette LeBox is an environmental activist and author of five children's books. She was inspired to write Salmon Creek after witnessing the determined struggle of the coho returning to their birth stream near her home in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.
Karen Reczuch has illustrated many children's books, including The Auction by Jan Andrews, a Governor General's Award Finalist, Just Like New by Ainslie Manson, which was shortlisted for the IODE (National Chapter) Award, the Mr. Christie's Book Award and which won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, The Story of Life on Earth, which was shortlisted for the Science in Society Children's Book Award and Salmon Creek, winner of the BC Book Prize for illustrated children's literature. She lives in Acton, Ontario.
"...Salmon Creek is a rare information book: one that engages head and heart." Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW
"Reczuch, Karen's sumptuous, detailed paintings complement the text to create an informative resource useful for explaining the remarkable natural phenomenon of salmon migration." Green Teacher
"Salmon Creek is one of those rare information picture books which proves equally engaging to young listeners and older independent readers. (To say nothing of adult readers who can't help but savor the poetic text and breathtaking illustrations.)" Canadian Materials