CHALLENGER, Robert James




Author Tags: Art, Kidlit & Young Adult

Born in Vancouver in 1953, writer/illustrator and stone carver Robert James (Jim) Challenger is a non-Aboriginal who spent childhood summers on Thetis Island. He moved to Victoria in 1973. An earlier book by Challenger was How To Cook Your Catch (Heritage House). He carves animal images into rounded stones near Metchosin, B.C. and has worked for many years as a communications professional. His books for children are recreations of First Nations images and stories. According to his publisher Rodger Touchie, "Each story takes the form of a compact fable or parable inspired by the traditions of Aesop and some of the First Nations myths that have become a strong part of the West Coast's cultural heritage. Jim's books represent a wonderful integration of social mores embraced by nearly all cultures and religions while showing great respect for the family unit."

Bibliography:

Eagle's Reflection: And Other Northwest Coast Stories (Heritage House, 1995)
Orca's Family: And More Northwest Coast Stories (Heritage House, 1997)
Raven's Call: And More Northwest Coast Stories (Heritage House, 2000)
Salmon's Journey: And More Northwest Stories (Heritage House, 2001)
Nature's Circle and Other Northwest Coast Children's Stories (Heritage House, 2004)
Grizzley's Home: and Other Northwest Coast Children's Stories (Heritage House, 2005)

[BCBW 2005] "Art" "Kidlit"