To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the sockeye salmon is more than just a source of food. Over its life cycle, it nourishes the very land and forests that the Skeena River runs through and where the Gitxsan make their home. The Sockeye Mother explores how the animals, water, soil, and seasons are all intertwined.
The Sockeye Mother
by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) | illustrated by Natasha Donovan
Grade: for grades 5–7
Writing in lyrical prose…Huson eloquently conveys the fragile interconnectedness of the natural world and the moral imperative to protect it.
—Publishers Weekly, a starred review
Beautifully illustrated by Natasha Donovan, The Sockeye Mother is a treat shared with the reader by the Gitxsan people. The life cycle of salmon has been written about before, but the use of Gitxsan names and seasons and the quality of the illustrations makes this version special. Plus, it illustrates how all things are connected—a great lesson for all to appreciate. Thanks, Hetxw’ms Gyetxw—well done!
—Dr. Brian Riddell, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Vancouver, BC
Winner of the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Award, Youth Category
Winner of the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award, Younger Category
Chosen for CCBC Choices 2018 annual best-of-the-year list by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center
ERAC Evaluated and Approved
The eBook is available in ePub format.