About this book
West Coast Wild Babies
Deborah Hodge • Karen Reczuch
It’s spring on the Pacific west coast and new life is stirring! Wild babies are being born – in the ocean, on the shore and deep inside the ancient rainforest. Wolf pups, cougar kittens, bear cubs and whale calves all begin their life in the pristine wilderness of this magnificent place.
Young readers will meet a fascinating group of fourteen wild baby animals — including land and marine mammals, fish, birds and amphibians — and learn about the special bonds between offspring and parents, and how the newborns move toward independence. Readers will see an extraordinary community of animals thriving in an interconnected web of life.
In this second book in the West Coast Wild series, Deborah Hodge takes readers through the spectacular land and seascapes of the Pacific Rim region, introducing familiar animals such as sea otters and eagles, and lesser known species such as pelagic cormorants and rufous hummingbirds. Karen Reczuch’s beautiful illustrations are detailed and lifelike, and convey a lovely sense of warmth between the wild parents and their young. The text and art have been carefully checked for scientific accuracy.
Includes a note about the Pacific west coast and the need to preserve its rare and awe-inspiring wilderness regions, as well as a list for further reading and exploration.
About the Creators
Deborah Hodge is an award-winning author of thirty books for children. Her honors include the Children’s Literature Roundtable’s Information Book Award of Canada (won twice), the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, and she was the finalist for the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Her work has also appeared on lists such as ALA’s Top Ten Best Environmental Books for Youth and IBBY’s Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities. Deborah is a former teacher and curriculum writer who lives in Vancouver.
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 Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable Information Book Award. Karen’s other publications include West Coast Wild, winner of the VCLR Information Book Award; The Auction by Jan Andrews, a Governor General’s Award finalist; Just Like New by Ainslie Manson, winner of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award; and Salmon Creek, winner of the BC Book Prize. Karen’s work includes scientific, historical and archeological illustration, and has been exhibited internationally.
Awards and Praise
Praise for Deborah Hodge, Karen Reczuch and West Coast Wild Babies:
Mighty Village Spring Book Picks, 2020
“This informative introduction will be especially useful in the Pacific West Coast region, but it has a wider appeal to a broad audience in both locale and age. A succinct and satisfying first look at some fascinating creatures.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Through a superb soft palette of watercolour and coloured pencil, West Coast Wild Babies peeks into the majestic wilderness of spring on the northern Pacific Rim.” — Mighty Village
“[Hodge’s] text may be information but it is poetic and perfectly accompanied by Karen Reczuch's watercolour and coloured pencil illustrations.” — CanLit for LittleCanadians Blog
Praise for Deborah Hodge, Karen Reczuch and West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet:
Winner of the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award
“Hodge’s forthright narration offers details about familiar creatures … 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
“ … skillfully combine[s] instruction and delight, weaving together information and beautiful art.” — Quill & Quire, starred review
“Each statement is descriptive, informative, and handsomely illustrated with watercolors and colored pencils in expansive double-page spreads.” — Kirkus Reviews
“This award-winning author and illustrator team present an elegant introduction to the organisms of the Pacific Rim.” — School Library Journal