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Birthdays

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Origins


Inspired by memories of fantastic family birthday parties, mother-and-daughter team Nikki Tate and Dani Tate-Stratton researched the history of birthdays in order to answer such questions as, How much does where you grow up influence the way you celebrate getting a year older? Have people always celebrated birthdays? The more they investigated, the more they realized that there's a lot more to birthdays than cake, presents, a few games and perhaps a goody bag. They discovered there are as many ways to observe birthdays as there are places in which to do it.

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Born in England, Nikki Tate traveled the world with her family before eventually settling in Canada. The author of more than two dozen books and hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, Tate lives on a small farm on Vancouver Island. Tate also performs as a storyteller, spoken-word artist, audiobook narrator and occasional contributor to CBC Radio. She has always loved climbing trees and building tree forts. For more information, visit www.nikkitate.com.

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Dani Tate-Stratton was born on Salt Spring Island and set off on her first journey when she was just a toddler. After living in Florida, Toronto, Tokyo and Vancouver, she is back in Victoria, British Columbia, where she now works as a graphic designer, writer and editor and also keeps pretty busy with SKOG, a company she and her husband started that makes cool things out of wood. She owns an old Greyhound bus that's slowly becoming a home, and while she waits for the house on wheels to be ready, she travels as much as possible. For more information, visit www.danitatestratton.com.

 
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Christmas

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Origins


Christmas is a popular holiday celebrated by people all over the world. This informative and engaging exploration of Christmas is aimed at the middle grades but will entertain readers of a much wider age range. Learn about the games played, foods eaten, music played and favorite ways of decorating in different parts of the world. With lots of fun facts (about everything from frumenty to the jolly old man in red himself) and recipes, there's plenty in this beautifully illustrated volume to satisfy anyone with an interest in the festive season.

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"A very personal feel. The design is particularly pleasing…[and] adds to the festive feelings suited to the season…One cannot stop reading snippets aloud with the comment 'Did you know this?'"

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"A delightful stocking stuffer for any Christmas lover."

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“With personal anecdotes, this is a complete guide to a multiplicity of customs behind Christmas celebrations.”

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"Fun-filled, with fascinating facts that will appeal to young readers."

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“An informative history of the Christian holiday…The narrative is well illustrated.”

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"The conversational tone is as delightful and jovial as Santa Claus himself…[A] survey of the holiday in a pretty package, made a bit more special with its personal touches."

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Nikki Tate is the author of more than 30 books, most of which are for children and teens. Her Footprints title, Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet, received several award nominations and was named by the New York Public Library as one of 2016’s Best 100 Books for Kids. She lives in Canmore, Alberta.

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Dani Tate-Stratton lives with her husband in Victoria, British Columbia, but is always plotting her next trip. When she isn’t exploring other cities, she is a graphic designer, writer, compulsive crafter and devoted dog mom.

 
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Take Shelter

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Footprints


A roof, a door, some windows, a floor. All houses have them, but not all houses are alike. Some have wings (airplane homes), some have wheels (Romany vardoes), some float; some are made of straw, some of snow and ice. Some are enormous, some are tiny; some are permanent and some are temporary. But all are home. Take Shelter explores the way people live all over the world and beyond—from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from an underground house in Las Vegas to the International Space Station. Everywhere people live, they adapt to their surroundings and create unique environments, using innovative techniques to provide that most basic of needs: shelter.

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“A pictorial guide to global housing, the book appeals to low-end and at-risk readers with views on varied lifestyles and residences...The authors introduce concepts of thrift and sustainable energy alongside varied styles of beauty and identity.”

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"A perfect resource for any student learning about homes around the world. The text is both interesting and well-researched. The writing style is straightforward and filled with appealing tidbits. All the photos include descriptive captions. Similar to the other books in the “Orca Footprints” collection, this book is formatted with an index, contents and a resource section that includes several websites for further research. Every school library will want this informative book. Highly Recommended."

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"Once you start thinking of your home as a sanctuary, then your ingenuity can run pretty wild, as seen in this global tour of dwellings...Destitution is not the Tates' point. It is to show how people have used the materials at their disposal to fashion creative and wildly diverse dwellings...The photographs are key: They convey a sense of place, evoking places where readers could imagine unfurling their bedrolls...The supplementary text provides setting and logistical peculiarities, but more than that, it provides anecdotes about the homes...'Sanctuary' springs from the Latin sanctus, or holy—and the Tates have kept that well in mind."

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"What makes a house a home? Using accessible text and inviting photography, mother-daughter team Tate and Tate-Sutton take readers on a tour of homes, celebrating the diversity of structures that different groups of people, in the past and the present, have constructed around the world (and in outer space: the International Space Station is also mentioned)...An appealing and accessible addition to a global studies curriculum."

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"This book has universal appeal and is of interest to all ages because everyone rich and poor needs a place to 'hang their hat.' This book is highly recommended for both school and public libraries. It is an excellent resource for learning units about community, architecture, sustainability and social issues."

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"More than 40 million people live in underground houses in China’s neighbouring Northern provinces of Shaanxi and Shanxi...This is one of many fascinating facts mother and daughter authors Nikki Tate and Dani Tate-Stratton weave into their book on dwellings. Using an easy, conversational tone, they explore the various structures used as housing around the globe...Photographs, supplemental sidebars, and a list of online resources round out this eye-opening, thought-provoking work."

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"A great book to enhance the social studies and geography curriculum for the junior and intermediate divisions...Offers a panoramic view of global living conditions while also showing the economic diversity of people as they strive to provide one of life's most basic needs."

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"Full-color photographs celebrate the world’s most unusual and amazing dwellings. A home is much more than a composition of building materials, and this book is an appealing introduction to a case study in cultural anthropology."

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"If you want to talk with your children and students about the many ways that people of the world find shelter, and do it in an informed and appealing way, you would do well to share this book with them. Then, let them take it and find their favorite parts to read on their own. They will find it endlessly interesting, and full of surprises. Many of us don't take the time to think seriously about the way that people beyond our narrow perspective make a home. This well-researched and clearly written book may just change that! It is quite amazing to see the creative and original ways that people find to make a 'home', no matter the circumstance or the setting."

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Nikki Tate is the author of more than 30 books, most of which are for children and teens. Her Footprints title, Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet, received several award nominations and was named by the New York Public Library as one of 2016’s Best 100 Books for Kids. She lives in Canmore, Alberta.

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Dani Tate-Stratton lives with her husband in Victoria, British Columbia, but is always plotting her next trip. When she isn’t exploring other cities, she is a graphic designer, writer, compulsive crafter and devoted dog mom.

 
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