A Pod of Orcas

A Pod of Orcas ~ Cover

A Pod of Orcas: A Seaside Counting Book

Written by Sheryl McFarlane.
Illustrated by Kirsti Anne Wakelin.
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2002
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A Pod of Orcas was my first illustrated picture book. The idea for the book started on the shores of Vancouver Island with a counting game author Sheryl McFarlane played with her young children. The illustration inspiration came to me from the shores of Vancouver and West Vancouver. A lot of my favourite local scenery makes an appearance in the book – Lighthouse Park, Whytecliff Park, English Bay…

The book is rendered in pencil and watercolour on Arches 140lb cold press paper.



A Pod of Orcas was a 2005 Ready, Set, Learn book. 3 year olds all around the province of B.C were invited to received a copy and begin reading at home with their families.

  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre ‘Outstanding Book’
  • Short-listed for the Chocolate Lily Book Award