A Salmon for Simon. Rev. ed.


32 pages
ISBN 0-88899-265-3
DDC jC813'.54





Illustrations by Ann Blades
Reviewed by Leigh Dodds

Leigh Dodds is an elementary-school teacher in North Bay, Ontario.


All summer Simon has failed in his attempts to catch a salmon. It is
while digging for clams that Simon spies a bald eagle flying overhead.
The eagle is carrying a salmon, which it accidentally drops into
Simon’s clam hole. Happy to have finally caught a salmon, yet also
concerned for the fish’s well-being, Simon digs a channel stretching
from the clam hole to the sea, enabling the salmon to swim to freedom.

This revised edition of the Governor General’s award-winning A Salmon
for Simon, first published in 1978, differs only slightly from the
original text. Perhaps the most significant revision is the deletion of
the definition for Sukai, the name that Simon gives the salmon.
Complementing the text are Ann Blades’s water-color paintings of the
West Coast. Highly recommended.


Waterton, Betty., “A Salmon for Simon. Rev. ed.,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 13, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/19684.