Explore the Wild Coast with Sam and Crystal

Explore the Wild Coast
with Sam and Crystal

Illustrated by: Karen Gillmore
ISBN: 9781772031676
Hardcover | Published: July 2, 2018
by Heritage House Publishing Company
Book Dimensions: 8 in x 10 in
Length: 64 pages
Price: CDN $22.95 / USD $22.95

A beautifully illustrated story that teaches children about marine biology and the coastal environment of BC and the Pacific Northwest.

Sam and Crystal travel with their Aunt Kate and Uncle Charlie to a remote location on the Northwest Pacific Coast. Along the way, they see white-sided dolphins, killer whales, tufted puffins, bald eagles, harbour seals, sea lions, sea otters, crabs, sea stars, and much more. Through the character of Aunt Kate, a retired marine biologist, the children explore basic marine ecology concepts. Ada, an Indigenous woman from nearby Salmon Bay Village, is Aunt Kate's best friend. Through the words of Ada, the children experience a glimpse into an Indigenous view of knowledge and learning. The two ways of knowing overlap and reinforce the importance of sustainability and respecting all the creatures of nature.

This lavishly illustrated book contains colourful and scientifically accurate drawings and paintings. Although a fictional story, Explore the Wild Coast with Sam and Crystal contains a wealth of accessible marine ecology facts and has been informed by Indigenous educators and elders.

Karen Gillmore has been an artist since she could hold crayons. In addition to being a children's book illustrator - she also draws and writes comics and illustrates graphic novels.


"A wonderful story that is enjoyable for children (and even adults) of all ages." - Andy Lamb, marine naturalist

"Gloria Snively has taken her classic field guide Exploring the Seashore and transformed it into a children's adventure narrative that leaves no shoreline stone unturned." - Briony Penn, author, The Real Thing: The Natural History of Ian McTaggart Cowan

"As the tide rolls in and out daily in our territory, we are reminded of the abundance of food in our Kwakwaka'wakw oceans, our lands, and our air. As the children in Explore the Wild Coast with Sam and Crystal receive teachings from Ada, they become connected to the spirits within our environment and our ocean. A bond is developed that will provide a foundation of understanding and the need to protect and champion our environment. Sam and Crystal's journey with Aunt Kate will become a foundation for their future passions and work. Gilakas'la to Dr. Gloria Snively for bringing our young people on a journey of understanding and connection through her story." - Nella Nelson, Coordinator of Aboriginal Nations Education, School District #61, Victoria, BC

"These beautifully illustrated books tell the fictional tale of Sam and Crystal visiting their Aunt Kate and Uncle Charlie on the West Coast. The books are full of factual information about the flora, fauna, history and traditions of the Canadian Pacific coastline." - Resource Links