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Groundwood Books

West Coast Wild Babies

Written by Deborah Hodge • Illustrated by Karen Reczuch

For kids 4 - 7 years old | Published April 01, 2020 | ISBN 9781773062488
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Baby Animals

Cover of West Coast Wild Babies

Regular price $19.95 CAD

36 pages | 11 in × 8.75 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

West Coast Wild Babies

Deborah Hodge • Karen Reczuch

Educator's Guide ↓

In this second book in the West Coast Wild series, readers will meet the baby animals born in the pristine wilderness of the Pacific west coast, including land and marine mammals, fish, birds and amphibians.

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.

Key Text Features
further reading
informational note
author's note

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

With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

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).

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.

About the Creators

Deborah Hodge

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

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

“[A] worthwhile addition to picture-book shelves, especially on the West Coast.” — Booklist

“Stunning watercolor and color pencil illustrations bring the subjects into sharp focus in authentic settings. … This series is a wonderful way to foster in young readers an appreciation of the awesome nature of the west coast.” — CM Review of Materials

“[A]n absolutely stunning companion to the pairs’ earlier work, West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet. … [W]hether we’re high in the trees or low on the forest floor, we not only have a unique glimpse of the natural wonders that abound on the Pacific West Coast but the warm relationships that animal babies share with their parents.” — Globe and Mail

“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

“As much as the book illustrates the love that parents show their offspring, the book also makes a case for the pristine natural environment that is crucial for the growth and sustenance of these beautiful creatures.” — Vancouver Writers Fest

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

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