No Time to Say Goodbye: Children's Stories of Kruper Indian Residential School is a fictionalized account of the experiences of five First Nations children who attended Tsartlip Day School and were apprehended by government Indian agents and sent to Kruper Island Residential School. Author Sylvia Olsen talked with six community members and listened to their accounts of their time spent at the residential school.
Yetsa's Sweater is a charming picture book by Sylvia Olsen about the women of the Coast Salish who continue to create beautiful Cowichan sweaters. It is an effective picture book that demonstrates First Nations experiential learning. Yetsa is spending time with her grandmother assisting in the preparation of the sheep's wool needed to knit these amazing one-of-a-kind sweaters. The story and illustrations show the love and understanding between the generations as Yetsa's mother joins the group to complete the many tasks needed to make the wool ready for knitting.
Which Way Should I Go is a recent picture book written by Sylvia Olsen and based on the memories of Olsen's friend Ron Martin. This picture book offers young children an opportunity to understand that we all have choices to make in our lives even if we are young. Joey is a young Nuuchahnulth boy who has a happy and cheerful disposition. Even his friend, his teacher, and the store owner notice that Joey always has a smile on his face.
Middle Row is part of the Orca Soundings series published by Orca Publishing. This series is designed as short, large-print paperback novels with high interest and low vocabulary. Targeted at the reluctant reader, the stories use compelling themes combined with authentic teenage dialogue. The book does not draw the reader's attention that is designed for teens reading below grade level. This novel is levelled at 2.4. Middle Row's storyline does not disappoint.
Yellow Line is part of the Orca Soundings series published by Orca Publishing. This series is designed as short, large-print paperback novels with high interest and low vocabulary. Targeted at the reluctant reader, the stories use compelling themes combined with authentic teenage dialogue. The book does not draw the reader's attention that is designed for teens reading below grade level. Yellow Line's storyline does not disappoint. Sylvia Olsen tells a story about two separate communities, one a small whites-only village and the other a small First Nations reserve set in British Columbia.
Murphy and Mousetrap is an Orca Young Readers novel about nine-year-old Murphy Jones and his white cat Mousetrap who live predictable lives in their urban setting. Murphy's mother is Nuuchahnulth and Murphy's father no longer maintains contact with the family. As a latch-key kid, Murphy enjoys the quiet time after school with his pet cat and the computer. But the settled life will change when his mother announces she has a new job. The job will bring mother and son back home to her reserve. So mother, son and family cat begin the process of moving.
Catching Spring is one of the titles in the Orca Young Readers series. This easy-to-read novel retells a story the author's husband told her many times. The story is set in 1957 on Tsartlip First Nation on Vancouver Island. Bobby is a young boy who works at the local marina helping the owner for one dollar a weekend. Bobby lives on the reserve and helps his mother by taking half of his weekly earnings to put into the family grocery money.