Book Reviews

(Presentation Review)

Lyn Hancock is a passionate, inspiring, entertaining, educative speaker who has lived an incredible life. She writes, talks, and teaches from personal experience – travelling the world, raising and studying wild animals, finding adventure even while waiting at a bus stop. She motivates audiences of all ages to find their own connections with life, their own adventures, their own passions and write about them. She will make you laugh, she will make you cry, but you will not forget her presentation. Says the New York Times, ‘She has enough energy to light up the streets of New York.’ Lyn will light up your life.” – Clare Leporati – Professional Writers Association of Canada

A delightful read – Lorain Lounsberry – Senior Curator, Cultural History, Glenbow Museum, Calgary. (Tell Me Grandmother/ The Ring: Memories of a Metis Grandmother)

…written in the same tone of peace and quiet that I remember enjoying so much when I was a small child on the prairies.. a tone that we all cherish so much and want to preserve for our future generations…a tone that most of our contemporaries will know nothing about. – Carol Vulliamy – Metis Elder.(Tell Me Grandmother/ The Ring: Memories of a Metis Grandmother)

Well written, interesting, informative…We enjoyed the book immensely. – Frank A Crowther – Associate Director of  Curriculum, Social Studies, Alberta Education

In Tell Me, Grandmother the memories and reflections of a woman whose life spanned the era of the ‘great transformation’ in Western Canada serves well the elder’s role in this folk history. It is a heritage that belongs to every child –John B. Foster – Associate Professor, University of Alberta (Tell Me Grandmother/ The Ring: Memories of a Metis Grandmother)

A wonderful story of our own Canadian history… adventure…. suspense….relevant now to Indian and Métis land claims. –  Helen Vernon – Teacher, Victoria, B.C. (Tell Me Grandmother/ The Ring: Memories of a Metis Grandmother)

…tells it like it really was…a real contribution to the history of the West.Ken McGoogan – Author and former book editor of the Calgary Harold(Tell Me Grandmother/ The Ring: Memories of a Metis Grandmother)

It is exciting to have a family history like that of the Livingstons which tells of the deeds and exploits of pioneer members of the family. And this usually comes from the memories of the elders, which is still one of our most fertile sources of history. Tell Me, Grandmother is that kind of story. – Hugh A. Dempsey – Curator Emeritus, Glenbow Museum, Calgary (Tell Me Grandmother/ The Ring: Memories of a Metis Grandmother)

A gem of a book! – Ruth Linka – Brindle and Glass Publishers (Tell Me Grandmother/ The Ring: Memories of a Metis Grandmother)

Fantastic book! – Janet Gagne – Aboriginal Support Worker, Vernon, BC (Tell Me Grandmother/ The Ring: Memories of a Metis Grandmother)

Lyn Hancock’s Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon is a wonderful tale about her relationship with an abandoned baby raccoon. It’s a sweet story that sometimes seems too sweet to be true. She writes with sweetness and humour. Children who love animal stories will love this book. – Alli Vail – The News, Parksville Qualicum, BC (Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon)

Your book is fantastic. I couldn’t put it down and I’m usually a bit of a dough head these days when it comes to reading. What a crack up! Made me laugh, made me cry and everything in between! Oh Tabasco! What a groovy creature! What a character, I just loved him. Then when I found that he was a she I loved her too. I went through the book with my son Dylan last night relaying the story via the illustrations. Being just 5, he’s still at that very pictorial stage when it comes to books. He kept holding out his little hands saying I just want to hold Tabasco. Wouldn’t it make a great movie. Like a cross between ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Beethoven’. – Danielle Vanags – Teacher and parent. Halls Creek, WA (Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon)

(Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon) … Wonderful, well written, heartwarming, a bit sad too. I learned a lot about raccoons and also about life in BC. – Suzanne Boles – President, Professional Writers Association of Canada

This story is adorable. It is the story of how the author was given a raccoon and how she ending up living with it and teaching it to survive. The author clearly has a great love for animals and a great respect for raccoons in particular. This would be an excellent book for a preteen to read. It is a little too boring/bland for young children. If you are looking for a chapter book to read to a young child, you might read elsewhere. Otherwise this is an enchanting book. – Amazon Customer Review (Tabasco the Saucy Raccoon)

Lyn Hancock, as one who is completely dedicated to living with wildlife, succeeds in writing with exuberant enthusiasm as well as with careful authenticity.- Robert Overing – The State Columbia (There is a Seal in my Sleeping Bag)

Lyn Hancock’s experiences, many of them of a personal nature, are passed on to the reader with unreserved and touching frankness.- Leon De March, Calgary Herald (There is a Seal in my Sleeping Bag)

She writes about her unconventional life in the chummy, chatty style of the gifted amateur, making the most of the comic moments. In the process she reveals the admirable dedication of the professional naturalist and makes an impressive contribution to the study of human resilience and adaptability. –William French – Globe and Mail, Canada (There is a Seal in my Sleeping Bag)

If you want to read about love, a constructive prescription for living, a respect and understanding for all living creatures and true concern for what threatens them, read this fine book. – Carol McNaughton – US newspaper chain (There is a Seal in my Sleeping Bag)

A timely and wholly delightful personal narrative describing the adventures in the life of a wildlife biologist’s bride. An unusual woman’s coming to grips with the everyday realities of her husband’s work with which she had a passionate identity from the beginning…wonderfully readable details, all enriching Mrs. Hancock’s eloquent plea for wildlife and her defense of the Pacific Northwest Indians whom she profoundly admires. – Publishers Weekly, USA (There is a Seal in my Sleeping Bag)

Lyn Hancock’s easy, amusing style makes a vivid story of her unusual and exacting life. She has the gift of imparting considerable information on bird and marine life as part of her story – not in slab like lectures – and of stressing but not straining, her theme of conservation. – Pat Bunny – The West Australian (There is a Seal in my Sleeping Bag)

The Hancocks are adventurous, hair-brained, hilariously funny but deadly serious about their conservation messages. Lyn writes a book that has laughs on every page.- Alec Merriman – The Daily Colonist, Victoria BC (There is a Seal in my Sleeping Bag)

Laughter, tears, joy, despair, success and failure run in spirited sequence through the pages, to entertain, inform and warm the heart. – Lucille Palmer – Pacific Search (There is a Seal in my Sleeping Bag)

Lyn Hancock’s easy, amusing style makes a vivid story of her unusual and exacting life. She has the gift of imparting considerable information on bird and marine life as part of her story – not in slablike lectures – and of stressing but not straining, her theme of conservation. – Pat Bunny – The West Australian (There is a Seal in my Sleeping Bag)