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Orca Chief Recognized as Honour Book

Posted: Friday, March 4, 2016

Orca ChiefOrca Chief, by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd, has been recognized by the jury of the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award as an honour book. The award recognizes Canada's pre-eminent book illustrators and outstanding artistic talent in Canadian picture books. It is administered by IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People (, which represents an international network of people committed to bringing books and children together. IBBY Canada is one of over 70 national sections worldwide.

Orca Chief is the third installment of the Northwest Coast Legend Series, a collection of children's books featuring Roy Henry Vickers' vivid artwork. The other books in the series include Raven Brings the Light and Cloudwalker.

Orca Chief is set thousands of years ago in the village of Kitkatla. Four hunters leave home in the spring to harvest seaweed and sockeye. When they arrive at their fishing grounds, exhaustion makes them lazy and they throw their anchor overboard without care for the damage it might do to marine life or the sea floor. When Orca Chief discovers what the hunters have done, he sends his most powerful orca warriors to bring the men and their boat to his house. The men beg forgiveness for their ignorance and lack of respect, and Orca Chief compassionately sends them out with his pod to show them how to sustainably harvest the ocean’s resources.