Come Back, Salmon
How A Group of Dedicated Kids Adopted Pigeon Creek and Brought It Back to Life.
Hardcover (ISBN: 978-0-87156-572-3)
Paperback (ISBN: 978-0-87156-489-4)
Ages: 7-11; Grades: 2-6
"Pigeon Creek is past saving. Maybe you should just forget it." That's what the students of Jackson Elementary School in Everett, Washington, heard when they set out to reclaim a nearby stream that had once been a spawning ground for salmon. Decades of community dumping had left the stream choked with debris -- from bottles and cans to old tires and rusted bedsprings. No fish had been seen in Pigeon Creek for more than twenty years.
This lively and inspiring true account, featuring more than forty full-color photographs, follows the progress of the Jackson School students as they cleared away the rubbish, patrolled the stream daily to discourage new dumping, and eventually stocked the creek with salmon fry that they raised from eggs in a classroom aquarium.
Readers of all ages will be caught up in the excitement of this very special project and will cheer along with the Jackson School students as the first mature salmon return to Pigeon Creek to spawn -- proof of the success of this remarkable group effort.
"This first-class book. . . celebrates both the renewal of a stream and the dogged efforts of young people to make a difference. The photographs are superb." -- Horn Book, starred review. "Readers will cheer when the first fish swim back to Pigeon Creek to spawn." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.
Horn Book Fanfare, NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book, NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children (Selector's Choice), IRA Teacher's Choice, NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.
Author Molly Cone and photographer Sidnee Wheelwright are both residents of Washington State.