In her third book inspired by First Nations’ stories, children’s author and illustrator Caroll Simpson explains the significance of community values. She introduces readers to a world of creatures like Sea Lion, Killer Whale, Dogfish and Kingfisher. Her dramatic tale of young twins and their transformation shows how working together keeps a community healthy. When new twins are born in a mythical Pacific Coast village, everyone celebrates because the birth of twins is a rare occasion; twins are the children of the salmon. But when the twins grow selfish and greedy, Thunderbird transforms them into a Two-Headed Sea Serpent. Can the Serpent’s heads learn to work together? The question becomes more important when the salmon don’t run up the river and the villagers start to go hungry. The Serpent’s heads have to co-operate with each other to solve the mystery and restore the salmon run. Written for children aged 3 to 10, this charming story is illustrated with Simpson’s distinctive colour paintings that celebrate First Nations culture. A glossary of mythical creatures and sea life provides informative teaching points and invites further exploration of West Coast cultures. Also available in hardcover.
Caroll Simpson writes and illustrates her books celebrating the legends and art of the Canadian Northwest Coast. She runs a fishing lodge with her husband, on Babine Lake in the northern interior of British Columbia. Her closest neighbours, 15 km away, are the Tatchet People. There are no roads to their lodge. The only access is 35 km by boat in the summer or snowshoes in the winter. When all the fishermen go home, and the winter cold turns the lake into thick ice with a deep blanket of snow covering her world, Caroll pours all her energy and time into what she loves best….The isolation of the Canadian wilderness and the exceptional art and history of The First People of North America.