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Who Hides in the Park
by Warabé Aska
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Tundra, 1989 (1989)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Who Hides in the Park is a picture book about Stanley Park, in Vancouver, British Columbia. It's unusual in that its text is in four languages commonly spoken in Vancouver - English, French, Japanese and Chinese. Warabé Aska tells us, 'When you come to this park, come as a child. Come full of wonder and you will learn its secrets ... you will hear the voices of Indian gods telling you stories of what happened here long ago.'

Aska presents some of these stories. There's 'Indian rainmaker S'At Multh' who opens his cave door to release rain (he does so almost every day in Vancouver); a thousand year old tree in whose hollow children play; 'animals that hide in the clouds'; Siwash Rock, a monument to unselfishness; and special places like Lost Lagoon and Beaver Lake. Killer whales perform at the aquarium. There are jugglers and tumblers and musicians, and the magnificent seven storytelling totem poles shown on the front cover.

Who hides in the park, indeed? Aska tells us that there are spirits of both past and present in this magical place. Read about them and plan a visit.

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