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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Un saumon pour Simon

by (author) Betty Waterton

illustrated by Ann Blades

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Oct 2014
Native Canadian, Fishes
Recommended Age
4 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2014
    List Price

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Winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award

Simon discovers that catching a salmon is more difficult than it looks. A simple, touching and multi-award-winning story with evocative watercolor illustrations.

About the authors

Betty Waterton was the author of nineteen children's books, including the Quincy Rumpel novels and a number of well-loved picture books. Over the course of her writing career she traveled all over Canada giving readings to children. For many years she lived on Canada's West Coast, where A Salmon for Simon, her first children's book, takes place.

Betty Waterton's profile page

Ann Blades is one of Canada’s leading illustrators. Her distinctive watercolors appear in many children’s books, including A Salmon for Simon, which won the Governor General’s Award for Illustration and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award; By the Sea: An Alphabet Book, which won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award; and A Dog Came, Too by Ainslie Manson. She is also the author and illustrator of Mary of Mile 18, for which she won the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award. Ann returned to teaching in 2001 and now teaches kindergarten at an inner-city school in Surrey, British Columbia.

Ann Blades' profile page


  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Awards: Illustration
  • Winner, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award

Editorial Reviews

Simple, straightforward and deftly told, with impressive illustrations by Blades, Ann, one of Canada's best.

Toronto Star

There is magic in the way the story is told as well as magic in Ann Blades' beautiful illustrations.

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