West Coast Wild

West Coast Wild

A Nature Alphabet

Written by: Hodge, Deborah
Illustrated by: Reczuch, Karen
ages 4 to 7 / grades K to 2

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Celebrate the Pacific west coast with this gorgeous nature alphabet book.

This stunning nature alphabet book explores the fascinating ecosystem of the Pacific west coast — a magnificent area that combines an ancient rainforest, a rugged beach and a vast, open ocean, and where whales, bears, wolves, eagles and a rich variety of marine species thrive in an interconnected web of life.

Author Deborah Hodge has spent more than forty years on the west coast, frequently visiting the Pacific Rim region, and she knows it intimately. From A to Z she describes in vivid language the rainforest, ocean and beach, and a great variety of animals that a child might see walking along the shore — from tiny sea jellies to inquisitive sandpipers to leaping orcas. Illustrator Karen Reczuch brings her remarkable talent to the book, and has created image after image that is simply breathtaking. The text and art have been carefully checked for scientific accuracy.

Includes a note about the Pacific west coast and suggestions for exploring the region and further reading.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

Celebrate the Pacific west coast with this gorgeous nature alphabet book.

This stunning nature alphabet book explores the fascinating ecosystem of the Pacific west coast — a magnificent area that combines an ancient rainforest, a rugged beach and a vast, open ocean, and where whales, bears, wolves, eagles and a rich variety of marine species thrive in an interconnected web of life.

Author Deborah Hodge has spent more than forty years on the west coast, frequently visiting the Pacific Rim region, and she knows it intimately. From A to Z she describes in vivid language the rainforest, ocean and beach, and a great variety of animals that a child might see walking along the shore — from tiny sea jellies to inquisitive sandpipers to leaping orcas. Illustrator Karen Reczuch brings her remarkable talent to the book, and has created image after image that is simply breathtaking. The text and art have been carefully checked for scientific accuracy.

Includes a note about the Pacific west coast and suggestions for exploring the region and further reading.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Aug 25, 2015
Specifications 48 pages | 8.75 in x 11 in
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Written By

DEBORAH HODGE is the author of more than thirty books for children. Her honors include twice winning the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada’s Information Book Award, winning the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, and being shortlisted for the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s Literature. Her work has also appeared on such lists as ALA’s Top Ten Best Environmental Books for Youth. Deborah is a former teacher and curriculum writer who lives in Vancouver.

Illustrated by

KAREN RECZUCH has illustrated many award-winning children’s books. Loon by Susan Vande Griek won the TD Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Picture Book Award and the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada’s Information Book Award. Karen’s other books include West Coast Wild, also the winner of the Information Book Award, and West Coast Wild Babies, both by Deborah Hodge. Karen lives in Lake Country, BC.

Written By

DEBORAH HODGE is the author of more than thirty books for children. Her honors include twice winning the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada’s Information Book Award, winning the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, and being shortlisted for the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s Literature. Her work has also appeared on such lists as ALA’s Top Ten Best Environmental Books for Youth. Deborah is a former teacher and curriculum writer who lives in Vancouver.

Illustrated by

KAREN RECZUCH has illustrated many award-winning children’s books. Loon by Susan Vande Griek won the TD Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-fiction, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Picture Book Award and the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada’s Information Book Award. Karen’s other books include West Coast Wild, also the winner of the Information Book Award, and West Coast Wild Babies, both by Deborah Hodge. Karen lives in Lake Country, BC.

Audience ages 4 to 7 / grades K to 2
Reading Levels Guided Reading O
Lexile AD850L
Key Text Features further reading; illustrations; informational note; author's note
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7

Winner, The Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, 2016

Commended, CCBC Best Books for Children and Teens, 2016

Short-listed, Silver Birch Express Award, 2017

Commended, Vancouver Public Library and BC CWILL Reading Lights, 2018

“To say the book is simply a nature alphabet is an understatement. Altogether, the 26 selections create a panoramic experience in print—East Coast dwellers will want one of their own.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Hodge’s forthright narration offers details about familiar creatures like bears, cougars, and orca, but she sneaks in some surprises, too . . . [Reczuch's] precisely drafted illustrations find majesty and beauty in the creatures, vegetation, and landscapes that make the Pacific Northwest so distinctive.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

“West Coast Wild, a delightful glimpse into this amazing geographic location, belongs in the collection of anyone eager for a taste of the wild west coast of North America. Highly Recommended.” —CM Magazine

“Skilfully combine[s] instruction and delight, weaving together information and beautiful art.” —Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

“Charming and original . . . an elegant introduction to the organisms of the Pacific Rim.” —School Library Journal

“If you and your young readers can't scramble over the slippery Salish rocks yourselves, West Coast Wild will bring the ebb and flow of the Pacific to you.” —Canadian Children's Book News