BOOK REVIEW: Arrow to Alaska: A Pacific Northwest Adventure & Portland events in April

Last year we shared about a new book for children from Seattle-based artist Hannah Viano, S is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet. Viano’s beautiful paper-cut art combined with learning about Pacific Northwest natural history made for a handsome little book about the ABCs. Her new book likewise combines colorful and both sharp and flowing images with aspects of Pacific Northwest life.

Hannah Viano, Arrow to Alaska: A Pacific Northwest Adventure (Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2015), 32 pp.

The story in Arrow to Alaska follows Arrow, an outside-going young boy who wants so much to travel from his home in Seattle. A visit from his grandfather in Alaska provided that opportunity, but it was not to be. Then, an aunt offers to take Arrow along on her salmon fishing boat Angie through the inside passage to Alaska. And they were off! Arrow is treated to wildlife sightings, seeing how fishermen work, and when they reach his grandfather, how he lives on a houseboat. After days of fishing and messing about on boats, it is time for Arrow to go back home to Seattle. But, his adventure was about to continue…

Viano is in Portland this spring as an artist-in-residence with the Portland Children’s Museum, doing nature art workshops with kids and producing art pieces for the museum inspired by their nature-based play area Outdoor Adventure. Here are the remaining dates, including a storytime at Powell’s downtown:

April 18 | Kids’ Storytime with Hannah Viano: Arrow to Alaska | Powell’s on Burnside
April 19 | Hannah Viano in the Studio (nature art program) | Portland Children’s Museum
April 20 | Hannah Viano in the Studio (nature art program) | Portland Children’s Museum
April 21 | Hannah Viano in the Studio (nature art program) | Portland Children’s Museum
April 21 | Hannah Viano in the Studio (nature art program) | Portland Children’s Museum
April 30 | Hannah Viano in the Studio (nature art program) | Portland Children’s Museum
April 30 | Hannah Viano Art Gallery Opening (nature art) | Portland Children’s Museum

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