As Dawn and I have been working away on the Mud Puddles to Meteors page, we've begun to realize that we have shared a lot of great stuff here and there on other blogs and pages over the years. Many of these are no longer active, and are likely to disappear into the ether of the interwebs sometime soon. With this in mind, I've decided to move a few of my reviews of favorite books that I've written other places onto this page. The following review is one that I wrote a few years back for a book that we just recently rediscovered and have been reading again lately. I was happy to be reminded of it, and I hope that you will be too!
My mother lives in North Western Washington State on the Puget Sound. Although we are originally from Washington (I was born and partially raised in Spokane), this is the first time that my mom has lived on the coastal side of the state. When she first moved there, she sent us a few "local" treasures to help Mariam understand a bit about where she was living. Among them was Salmon Stream, a beautifully illustrated book about the life cycle of the salmon, a fish widely associated with the Pacific Northwest.
My daughter has a great fondness for non-fiction books that give way more information that you might guess anyone would ever want. This book provides that, but the real informational bit comes as a sort of appendix at the end of the book, after a lyrical text that gives a flowing and easy to read overview of the life cycle of the salmon. A perfect combination for the mama that likes to read a well-written picture book and the daughter that likes to read the encyclopedia.
An additional benefit of this book is that it makes such a nice addition to the fall book basket. If memory serves, Pacific Salmon swim upstream in the fall, making this season a perfect time to learn about the life cycle of these fish and maybe even to plan a little field trip if you happen to live in the right area. As much as I love all the books about the changing of the leaves and animals nesting in preparation for winter, it's fun to provide a little balance by reading about what happens as the season changes in the non-woodland parts of our world, no?