I first travelled past the Gulf Islands on a BC Ferry as a mere tot, 18 months old, sailing through Active Pass on the way to Vancouver Island. Now I’ve had the pleasure of taking my two boys on the same sailing, and they are both just as captivated by the wild beauty of the Gulf Islands as I am.
Even though I’ve been on those ferries probably a hundred times, travelling past (and throughout) the Gulf Islands still takes my breath away…I think anyone who ever visits never truly wants to leave.
Today I am reviewing the lovely picture book, Gulf Islands Alphabet (Simply Read Books 2012), written by Bronwyn Preece with illustrations by Alex Walton.
And Amidst the Gulf Islands of
Amazing British Columbia, we…
Arrive through Active Pass, sighting
Anchors being set by sailors,
As we Admire
And Anemones Along…”
Why we love it:
1) My boys love seeing familiar places in the stories that they read, and even though this is regionally specific, it would be a good addition to any Canadian library or as a keepsake for people who visit this area.
2) The illustrations are great…my boys like pointing out all of the wildlife in the pictures and the text also serves to expand their vocabulary and understanding of the geographic and natural environment (e.g.”orcas and octopi, oysters and otters”)
3) I personally think there are far too many boring and mundane alphabet books out there that dumb down language and are not challenging enough for children. I appreciate how the writer does not restrict herself to using nouns to demonstrate letters of the alphabet, but also uses descriptive adjectives, verbs, adverbs, etc.
4)It’s lyrical, beautifully illustrated, and the ‘alphabet book’ is also a Gulf Islands narrative…one that flows through each letter of the alphabet.