By Kim La Fave & Gary Kent
Gubby is a commercial salmon fisherman, who heads home to his village on the Sunshine Coast at the end of another long season. His beloved old boat, the Flounder, is worn out and he commissions his friend Minoru, a Japanese-Canadian boat builder in historic Steveston, to build him a new one. The story follows the stages of building a boat from selecting plans to preparing the wood to laying the keel to final finishing and launching - with a few breaks for tea, good deeds and practical jokes.
Combining the masterful storytelling of Gary Kent and the striking illustrations of Kim La Fave, Gubby Builds a Boat transports the reader to a golden age of boat construction when craftsmen passed their skills down through the generations. The story documents the rich traditions of the Nikkei fishing community and wooden boat building on the West Coast, and offers a nostalgic portrait of commercial salmon fishing in the 1970's.
Gubby Builds a Boat will be appreciated by boat and book lovers of all ages.
Author: Kim La Fave & Gary Kent
Publisher: Harbour Publishing