Karen Autio

Children’s Author | Editor | Presenter

Picture Books


Growing up in Wild Horse Canyon
Painting © Loraine Kemp

GROWING UP IN WILD HORSE CANYON explores Okanagan history by focusing on Wild Horse Canyon in Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park (south of Kelowna, BC) and its vicinity. This advanced picture book, with illustrations by Loraine Kemp, includes natural and social history.

In a hidden Okanagan canyon, a ponderosa pine tree sprouts and begins to grow. Seasons pass and the tree's growth becomes the measure of human history in the Okanagan Valley, from First Nations quests to fur brigades, horse wrangling, secret wartime commando training, and the firestorm of 2003.

Richly illuminated by realistic paintings, maps, and historical images and informed by a timeline and historical notes, this fascinating book interweaves First Nations history with European settlement and the natural history of animals and plants. While broad in its scope, the story is intensely personal, following the thread of one tree growing in one sheltered and sacred space. This book is a unique approach to history that will delight readers of all ages.

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