Tides of Change: Faces of the Northwest Coast


32 pages
Contains Bibliography
ISBN 1-55143-040-1
DDC j971.1'1




Illustrations by Ken Campbell
Reviewed by Joan Buchanan

Joan Buchanan is the author of Taking Care of My Cold! and The Nana


Although it resembles a coffee-table book, Tides of Change would make an
excellent supplement for courses in the field of B.C. social studies and
sciences. Each page provides provocative questions that encourage future
study, especially in the hands of a good teacher or librarian. (The
valuable information about individual pictures and topics listed at the
end of the book would have been better incorporated into the main body
of the text.)

McFarlane’s trademark, award-winning lyricism is apparent in
image-packed sentences such as “Do you know rubber-booted cannery
workers, bone-weary when the sun is sinking low and one last fishboat is
still unloading at the docks?” However, a few sentences are so dense
they elevate the overall reading level to that of a sophisticated
elementary student. Campbell uses rich colors and detail to good
advantage and presents subjects from interesting view points.

Recommended as a teaching, discussion, or study tool.


McFarlane, Sheryl., “Tides of Change: Faces of the Northwest Coast,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 16, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/20101.