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Cover of Solomon's Tree by Andrea Spalding
Grade Level
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Picture Story Book
Earth Science
Growing Up
Music & Art

28 June 2007

Solomon’s Tree

Written by Andrea Spalding; Illustrated by Janet Wilson

Solomon’s Tree is about a First Nation boy’s relationship with a tree. Solomon is devastated after a storm knocks the giant maple tree in Solomon’s backyard. As a part of his grief, Solomon and his uncle, a Tsimpshian carver, make a mask from a log of the tree. The mask making process described in the book is based on the author’s experience during a mask making workshop and the artwork of Victor Reece. The other masks that the illustrator, Janet Wilson, uses in the book are also masks by Victor Reece. Solomon’s Tree is a beautiful book that melds seamlessly the expertise of Spalding, Wilson, and Reece.