As the daughter of Mabel (Binky) Stevens and legendary Haida artist Bill Reid, Toronto-born Amanda Reid-Stevens, a resident of Haida Gwaii, has told the story of how the 50-foot Haida canoe called Loo Taas (meaning wave-eater) was designed by her father and built for Expo '86. With illustrations by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, her book for young readers is The Canoe he Called Loo Taas (Benjamin Brown Books, 2010).

According to her publisher's website, "Amanda Reid-Stevens is no stranger to writing in rhyme. Her lifelong interest in writing and rhyming can be credited to her mother, who made Amanda and her brother write thank-you letters to off-island relatives each and every time they received birthday and holiday presents. Amanda quickly learned to make this task more enjoyable by writing these letters in rhyme or creating stories she thought were funny."


The Canoe he Called Loo Taas (Benjamin Brown Books, 2010). $16.99 978-09782-5536-7