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South Bentinck Summer

It was an honour illustrating the interior illustrations for this coming-of-age novel for the late Alvin Nelson Gauthier. After Gauthier’s passing in 1968, the manuscript passed down to his nephew Raymond Steinberg, who determined to publish the book. In the early 20th century, Gauthier spent many years in the natural world in the Pacific Northwest and as a fur trapper in the Arctic.

The story is a coming of age tale of two brothers from Vancouver, BC, Canada. Through immersion in the natural world, the brothers strengthen their own bond as they celebrate triumphs and overcome challenges together. They are often joined by their buddies Talyu Joe, a Nuxalk youth who further expands their perspectives and appreciation for the wildlife and cultural connection to the land.

Remember my mentioning their overcoming obstacles? This above illustration depicts the boys unique and effective way of handling the pesky insects while paddling! Yes, the boys discovered flour bags over the head with eye holes cut out keeps the bugs away.

As mentioned, my contribution to the book are the black and white interior images. I did not illustrate the cover to this book, but I am including it for you to identify the book should you wish to purchase it from the online bookstore at FriesenPress Publishing. It is a wonderful read for kids to experience the outdoors through Gauthier's lens.

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