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NATURE, EDUCATIONAL, CHILDREN, BEST SELLER, POETRY, BOTANY, HISTORY, LITERATURE, ALL AGES, ART , CREATIVE WRITING, LEON PAVLICK, LISSA CALVERT, NATURAL HISTORY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, THE ROYAL BRITISH COLUMBIA MUSEUM
Red Pines on the Ridge
Leon and Ann Pavlick
Red Pines on the Ridge is the first in the On the Ridge series. Foxes on the Ridge and Aspens on the Ridge will follow in the near future.
The book is the story of a red pine tree that lives on a low ridge in southeastern Manitoba. The tree tells the story of the almost three hundred years it has been growing on the ridge. It speaks of the days when first nations people were the only inhabitants of the ridge, of the coming of the explorers, fur traders, and pioneers, and finally of the timbermen with their cross saws and broadaxes. In lovely, lyrical passages it describes the plants, animals and birds that befriend the ridge and of the welcome winds that carry its pollen and seeds, the ‘hope for the future of my kind.’
Scientific facts on how red pines grow, reproduce, and survive are introduced in a nondidactic way. The introduction states, “A textbook image has at the same time been studiously avoided, and the liberal use of poetic imagery raises the prose to a literary level.” The author has achieved this objective very skillfully. The last page is a list of selective references.The drawings and colour illustrations by Victoria artist Lissa Calvert combine with sensitive prose to make this book a delight to look at as well as to read. Highly recommended for nature lovers of all ages.
Anna L. Holman, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario, London, Ont.
Leon E. Pavlick (1939 — 2003), was the Curator of Botany for almost two decades at the Royal British Columbia Museum. He was an internationally recognized plant and tree expert. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honors Botany) from the University of Victoria in BC. He earned his Masters Degree of Science in Botany (Honors) from Washington State University and was recognized by the Governments of British Columbia, Canada and the United States. He is published in The American Biographical Institute 2004 edition of “Great Minds of the 21 Century” and received the International Diploma of Honor. In 2007, his last of numerous books — “The Flora of North America North of Mexico” was published. Further accomplishments can be accessed on the web: Google: Leon E Pavlick Botanist.
Ann Marie Pavlick, the anonymous someone on pg. 35 of the original Red Pines was a special education teacher, who contributed the “delights” in the Ridge series books. Foxes on the Ridge and Aspens on the Ridge will follow to comprise the trilogy.
Lissa Calvert, world renowned Victoria nature artist compliments the three books in a most distinctive and effective manner. Her work can be viewed on the web at www.lissacalvert.ca
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