Written by Donna Sandstrom
Illustrated by Sarah Burwash
Published by Kids Can Press
Ocotber 5, 2021
6.75x8.75 inches, 140 pages, full colour
A captivating account of the only successful orca rescue and reunion in history told in first person by Donna Sandstrom, a citizen participant of the rescue.
In 2002, a young orca was spotted alone in Puget Sound near Seattle --- lost, underweight and 300 miles away from her home waters in Canada. Donna Sandstrom, an orca enthusiast in Seattle, eagerly joined the volunteer effort to help. Here she tells the riveting story, from identifying the orca as a missing calf named Springer; through making the decision to try to transport her home; to planning and organizing the trip; to, finally, releasing her near Vancouver Island, where Springer was reunited with her family. It's an incredible story of the only successful orca rescue and reunion ever, and readers will be captivated as the epic rescue unfolds!
Donna Sandstrom's fascinating up-close-and-personal depiction of the rescue mission, with new behind-the-scenes details, uses an innovative mix of narrative storytelling interspersed with spreads of factual information about orcas and the history of their relationship with humans. Sarah Burwash's evocative watercolor illustrations make the perfect accompaniment to the text. Orcas and their survival are a topical issue, and readers will discover what it's like on the front lines of whale rescue, including the collaboration and teamwork that are required. There are numerous curriculum links to life science here, particularly animals and habitats, as well as to social studies in the descriptions of the connections and cooperation between Canada and the United States. The book includes a map showing Springer's trip, tips for how to help whales and dolphins, resources and a glossary.
This beautiful modern volume presents the work of 30 contemporary artists who have turned to clay to shape their most innovative ideas into stunning works of art. From cups shaped like crystals to a tree trunk made of porcelain and stoneware planters painted to look like ladies, popular curator and blogger Kate Singleton collects here whimsical pieces with narrative, graphic, curious, and organic qualities that blur the line between fine art, design, and craft. Featuring a unique package with a die-cut, foil-stamped cover, this book is a vital guide to an evolving medium and a thoughtful present for those interested in the future of art and craft.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kate Singleton writes the blog Art Hound and runs Buy Some Damn Art, an online gallery featuring original work. She lives in NYC. Danielle Krysa is the blogger behind the Jealous Curator, and the author of Creative Block and Collage . She lives in British Columbia.
Graphic designers and illustrators are todays cartographers, charting lands real and mythic, from gorgeous renderings in the fields of travel and recreation to stylized representations of the worlds of our favorite games or fantasy series. Tangible or virtual, maps have the singular ability to show us our place in the world, from where we are to where we are going. At the same time, they can convey information in a graphic way that enhances our experience of those places through creative embellishment. Some include infographics, which elevate their functionality, while others offer beautiful simplicity, incorporating stunning artwork more appropriate for gallery walls. Whereas the mapmakers of previous centuries used their abilities on limiting the unknown, todays pioneering designers are focused on showing us what is possible.
Sarah Burwash has been visiting rural communities and remote areas to attend artist residencies, travelling to different cities for art and craft sales, volunteering on farms and working at lodges in the Rocky Mountains. The Far Woods is a collection of watercolours and other works she produced during these residencies and travels. These drawings celebrate the wilderness, rural lifestyles and resourcefulness. Burwash turns to past generations who, by necessity, had to be self-sufficient and create systems of mutual dependence among community members. Burwash has been researching and immersing herself in environments where she can learn the stories, skills and gain the experience and perspective from earlier generations to create narratives that uproot her own personal mythologies. She seeks to uncover both humble and provocative histories, more specifically those of women who were brazen and persistent in forging for a new social order. She creates characters, environments and narratives that are lyrical yet quiet, like frozen moments from dreams or nightmares. Her work seeks the threads that connect the past and present, weaving imagery that urges people to wander through the drawings, discovering more upon each view and unfolding questions about our relationships to land, nature, spirituality and community.
Written by Lynnn McCarthy & Shauna Paynter
Illustrated by Sarah Burwash
11.5 x 8.5 inches, 26 pages, full colour