Published by Groundwood Books
Summary: A child and adult are seen in silhouette at the beach as the sun rises. They’re there to visit a sea garden, a reef created by indigenous people for thousands of years by lining up boulders at the lowest tide line. This creates a habitat for a variety of sea creatures, and the two see clams, whelks, sea stars, hermit crabs, and a wide variety of other creatures. They join others digging for clams, planning to steam some and smoke others to eat later. Before they leave, they do their part to tend to the sea garden, fixing a wall and clearing away driftwood and seaweed. As the sun sets, they row away, heading back home. Includes a page of information about sea gardens, including three photos. 32 pages; grades K-4.
Pros: An interesting lesson on a method of sustainably harvesting seafood that has been done on the Pacific Northwest coast for over 3,000 years. The illustrations are magnificent, with different vivid background colors showing the times of day throughout the story. There were interesting faces and designs in the pictures that I wish were explained somewhere.
Cons: I had trouble picturing what a sea garden looked like, and the photos at the end were so small that they still didn’t really clear it up for me.