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Author: Joan Gilbert

Illustrators: Enterprise,Oregon

Sixth Grade

Cover Design: Joan Gilbert

Publisher: Mt. Emily Press, 2015


Paperback 24 pages


Wallowa Lake–the REAL Story


All is quiet in the forest when two deer, old Chief and Joseph, bed down for the night. The peace of the evening is broken when Joseph gets hungry, Chief tries to help, and the unexpected unfolds. Climb through the chaos with old Chief and Joseph and find out how Wallowa Lake, in Northeastern Oregon, was REALLY formed!

Wallowa Lake–The REAL Story started as an animated movie project created and produced by the 2011-12 sixth grade class at Enterprise Elementary. It was directed by Joan Gilbert and the production process was divided among the class, including creating story boards, designing characters, building sets, directing, animating, completing special tasks, voicing characters, writing the lyrics for the theme song, and singing and playing instruments for the soundtrack.


After the overwhelmingly positive response to the project, it was decided that this story needed to be told as a children’s picture book. Joan turned the script to rhyme and the animation “stills” were used to illustrate the story.


The back four pages contain educational material by geologist Dr. Ellen Morris Bishop and local photographers David Jensen, Leon Werdinger, Rick McEwan, Mary Edwards, Rob Kemp, Jeff Baird, and Karen Antell.

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