South Bentinck Summer is a poignant coming-of-age novel written by the late Alvin Nelson Gauthier. Following Gauthier’s passing in 1968, the manuscript passed down to his nephew Raymond Steinberg, who undertook the responsibility of bringing this compelling tale to light.
In the early 20th century, Gauthier's firsthand experiences in the Pacific Northwest and as an Arctic fur trapper form the backdrop for this children's book. Gauthier crafted numerous magazine articles, short stories, and an Arctic memoir, with South Bentinck Summer standing as his exclusive contribution to children's literature.
Noteworthy is the fact that the book's interior illustrations are illustrated by me, while the book's cover was illustrated by another illustrator from FriesenPress. It's unorthodox, but Steinberg selected two illustrators to collaborate together for this important historical children's story.