Author Joanne Swain Discusses Salmon Life Cycle in New Picture Book

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‘THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE KOKANEE SALMON’ educates young readers to instill within them an appreciation for God’s creations.

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On their fourth year, they will find the same river or creek where they were laid—this time, as adult spawners.

As a teacher, author Joanne Swain has observed that there are very few books about animals that can be used to develop children’s research skills. Kelowna, her hometown, has a spawning channel and several wildlife parks. Swain explores the place, as well as the bodies of water in British Columbia to provide an interesting source of information for children. To equip them with knowledge and research skills, Swain introduces her first book, “THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE KOKANEE SALMON.”

“THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE KOKANEE SALMON” is an educational book that talks about the stages in the life of the kokanee salmon, a land-locked sockeye salmon. The kokanee salmon eggs hatch during late winter and early spring. They swim to the lake to live and grow for about four years. On their fourth year, they will find the same river or creek where they were laid—this time, as adult spawners. The picture book also explains how these marine animals choose their mate, lay the eggs, fertilize the eggs and how they protect them from predators.

Swain feels the need to teach children animal life cycles so they will learn to protect and respect nature, the environment, as well as the animals that dwell therein. Packed with lively images taken by Swain herself, “THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE KOKANEE SALMON” will regale young readers and awaken their interest to explore the vast and colorful marine world.

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About the Author

Joanne Swain was born in Penticton City, British Columbia in 1949. She was a teacher in a school in Kelowna where she lived for 42 years. Swain is married to a very supportive husband for 33 years.

Publication Date: April 7, 2014
Picture Book; $15.99; 24 pages; 9781493198184
Picture Book Hardcover; $24.99; 24 pages; 9781493198160
e-book; $3.99; 9781493198177

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