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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
No matter where you live, there are lots of interesting things to see and do. But I have to admit, after living for many years in Victoria, British Columbia, I have a certain bias towards the many wonders of the area around the province’s capital city, including Esquimalt and most particularly the Esquimalt Lagoon. There is so much to see, to do, and enjoy at this wonderful natural resource; bird watching is a must as the lagoon is a migratory bird sanctuary. But you can also walk along the beach, build sandcastles and collect shells, observe the sea life just below the water’s surface and even do some fishing, wonder at the many shapes and sizes of boats and ships that drift past and the 1860s lighthouse that guides their way in the dark.
Jennifer Dowd’s children’s picture book story, Let’s Explore Esquimalt Lagoon, is a beautiful presentation of a special place on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The author explores all the things one can see and do at the Esquimalt Lagoon, and she teaches young readers about the birds, the sea life, shells, the history of the lighthouse, and the many types of boats and ships that frequent the area. There is something new on these pages for everyone to learn and it will certainly invite people of all ages to enjoy the natural wonders of the Esquimalt Lagoon. Or, if one is sadly no longer living in the area, this book will serve as a souvenir reminder of all the beauties of the area. Everything is presented in an interesting and informative manner with beautiful, bright and colorful illustrations.