Orca Book Publishers Spring 2017 Trade

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    An African Alphabet Eric Walters Canada, Sue Todd Canada
    9781459810709 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 0 - 2, Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 2 Publication Date: March 14, 2017
    $9.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.63 in | 28 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      This is an enhanced ebook with a read-along function.

      An African Alphabet is a vibrant ABC book that introduces babies and toddlers to the unique variety of animals found in Africa. An alphabet for all ages, the stunning linocut-influenced artwork brings an uncommon selection of critters to life in this lively concept book.

      From aardvark to zebra and all that's in between, little ones will love learning their alphabet with these colorful creatures.
      Bio
      Eric Walters began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. A Member of the Order of Canada, he has now published more than 100 novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

      Sue Todd is an award-winning illustrator living in Toronto, Ontario. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University). Sue began her career as a freelance designer in retail advertising. For a more creative outlet, she took up linoleum carving, an ancient printmaking technique similar to woodcut, and developed a unique style of art that led to a career in illustration. Sue has created images for a wide range of clients, from advertising and corporate to editorial and publishing. For more information, visit www.suetodd.com.
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      Awards
      Resource Links The Year's Best 2017, Commended
      Reviews
      "An African Alphabet has much more to teach than just the ABCs. It takes the child on an African safari of sorts, bringing animals alive in the text and illustrations, especially animals that are new or unfamiliar to the child/reader...Learning about animals in this vibrant and delightful book will take readers on an adventure to Africa from the comfort of their chair!...A delightful book for children of all ages, and maybe some adults too!"
      "An African Alphabet is at once a typical introductory alphabet board book, and, at the same time, it is nontraditional...it is unlikely that young viewers...will have had personal experience with any (or many) of the 26 birds and mammals within its pages...A true highlight of the book are the illustrations rendered by Sue Todd who has chosen linoleum carving as her illustration medium...An African Alphabet is an excellent alphabet book and merits both home purchase and acquisition by libraries serving its intended young audience."
      "An elegant African bestiary, from the familiar to the exotic. This eye-catching compendium of African fauna should delight young readers and instill an awareness of Earth's diversity of habitat and species…gorgeous, brightly colored artwork…brings these creatures to life...Images are clear and easily grasped; each is a striking work of art in itself. Even the alphabetic characters have the etched, stylized calligraphic look of block printing. A gorgeous alphabet for young adventurers."
      "Walters draws on his abiding love of Africa for his latest offering, which takes readers to the savannah without the lengthy plane ride…Strong black lines and saturated colour offer striking visual interest."
      "Stunning, animated linoleum images featuring heavy black lines, vibrant colors, and a range of familiar and not-so-familiar critters make this ABC book one that children will request again and again."
      "The engaging features of the animals and the beautiful colors are a visual feast. And there is pleasure to be had just in pronouncing the exotic animal names."
      "What a creative way to introduce young children to the richness of African wildlife!"
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    More Than Balloons Lorna Crozier Canada, Rachelle Anne Miller Canada
    9781459810280 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 0 - 2, Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 2 Publication Date: April 04, 2017
    $9.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.56 in | 26 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Balloons love the moon, and a tuba loves a tune, but these don't compare to the love we have for you. Award-winning poet Lorna Crozier uses evocative rhyme, complemented by Rachelle Anne Miller's whimsical imagery, to provide babies and toddlers with common concepts that explain just how great love is.
      Bio
      Lorna Crozier has authored numerous books of poetry and received many awards. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Lorna has read her poetry on every continent except Antarctica, and in 2005 she recited a poem for Queen Elizabeth II as part of Saskatchewan's centennial celebration. For more information, visit www.lornacrozier.ca.

      Rachelle Anne Miller studied at NSCAD University, where she earned her Bachelor of Design in 2002. She worked as a graphic designer for several years before deciding to venture out as a freelance illustrator. Rachelle's art has been featured in various international magazines and websites. Her work can be seen in children's books, greeting cards, craft supplies, children's room decor, tech accessories and more. For more information, visit www.rachelleannemiller.com

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      Awards
      Resource Links The Year's Best 2017, Commended
      Reviews
      "The text conveys love to a wide audience made up of diverse familial bonds...Miller's colour palette is soft and inviting, rendering the animal characters in a cartoon style that is approachable and visually pleasing for young readers. More Than Balloons is a welcome addition to personal, library and school collections serving a preschool audience."
      "More Than Balloons is a fine addition to home board book collections and should be in all libraries serving this target audience. Highly Recommended."
      "Comparisons are creative and lovely…The constancy of the rhyme scheme is remarkable…The artwork is exquisite: simple, yet elegant lines, delightful animal characters, warm washes of color, and plenty of details to build young vocabularies. The warm tone and magical drawings make this ideal bedtime reading."
      "A sweet and satisfying selection for parent/child bonding."
      "This charming little board book from the Governor General's Literary Award-winning author, Lorna Crozier, playfully and poetically explores the depths of love between a parent and child…Each page plays with simple yet sophisticated imagery that is a delight to the ear and eye…[Miller] also whimsically pulls in natural elements such as flowers, insects and landscapes from all four seasons to bring additional richness to the reading experience. The harmonious interplay of the images created by Crozier's text and Miller's illustrations produces a delightful reading experience, making this a great addition to baby's first library."
      A perfect bedtime story that would pair well with Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney.
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    You Can Read Helaine Becker Canada, Mark Hoffmann
    9781459813243 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Books & Libraries Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date: February 28, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 8.75 x 10.75 x 0.43 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      In this fun and funny celebration of literacy, kids of all ages will discover that the act of reading is a daring adventure that can take you anywhere! You can read at the playground, under the sea, at the opera and even in outer space! It turns out you can read everywhere! And when you do, you open yourself to a universe of adventure.

      Presented in light-hearted, rib-tickling verse that's perfect for reading aloud, You Can Read sings it loud and proud: Books are awesome. And so are the people who read them.
      Bio
      Helaine Becker is the bestselling author of more than seventy books for children and young adults. For more information, visit www.helainebecker.com.

      Mark Hoffmann is a freelance editorial illustrator, children's-book illustrator, fine artist and professor in the illustration department at Montserrat College of Art in Massachusetts. He lives with his wife and son in the New England area. For more information, visit www.studiohoffmann.com.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Resource Links The Year's Best 2017, Commended
      CLEL Bell Award 2018, Short-listed
      Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada 2018, Commended
      Reviews
      "Children will find it amusing that they can read on a toilet or in their underwear! A fun read-aloud for a storytime or class visit. This book is definitely worth purchasing."
      "Will have librarians, teachers, and book mavens immediately reaching for it...This will pair nicely with other books about the pleasures of reading and can be used to invite conversation with kids."
      "You Can Read is a delightful picture book that is funny, endearing, and appealing for children of all ages. From the beginning sentence, to the last page, readers are taken on a whirlwind adventure to many places where one can celebrate the joy of reading."
      "This quirky, irrepressible picture book lists all the places where you can enjoy a book (or two, or three)...You Can Read is a perfect storytime choice for sharing at school, library, home...'EVERYWHERE!' Highly Recommended."
      "If read aloud, expect howls of delight."
      "This picture book celebrates the wonderful life that comes with being a reader and the infinite portability of books…Each quirky illustration takes the text and embeds it right into the story, creating a cohesive interplay of text and illustration…Subtle delights are enough to charm both young readers and the adults reading with them. "
      "The tale's amusing silliness and heartfelt enthusiasm are endearing, and the message that 'reading's great for doing…Everwhere' is delightfully trumpeted throughout."
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    Series: My Great Bear Rainforest
    Wolf Island Ian McAllister Canada, Nicholas Read Canada
    9781459812642 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 Publication Date: March 14, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 8.75 x 10.75 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 18 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      The Great Bear Rainforest is a majestic place full of tall trees, huge bears and endless schools of salmon. Award-winning photographer and author Ian McAllister's luminous photographs illustrate the story of a lone wolf who swims to one of the small islands that dot the rainforest's coast. The island provides him with everything he needs—deer, salmon, fresh water—everything, that is, but a mate. When a female wolf arrives on the island's rocky shores, she and he start a family and introduce their pups to the island's bounty.
      Bio
      Ian McAllister is an award-winning photographer and author of many books, including A Whale's World, The Seal Garden, Wolf Island, A Bear's Life, The Salmon Bears, The Sea Wolves and The Great Bear Sea (all with Nicholas Read). He is the founding director of Pacific Wild, a Canadian nonprofit wildlife-conservation group. He lives with his family in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. For more information, visit pacificwild.org.

      Nicholas Read is a retired journalist and journalism instructor who has written 10 books for children including two series about the Great Bear Rainforest with Ian McAllister. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with two rescued cats.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Silver Birch Express Award 2018, Short-listed
      Resource Links The Year's Best 2017, Commended
      Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize 2018, Short-listed
      Animal Behavior Society's Outstanding Children's Book Award 2018, Winner
      Reviews
      "The story is really told by the big, bright pictures—which glow with the rhythms and beauties of this remote habitat...Enthralling fare for budding naturalists."
      "Striking photographs chronicle the life span of a male wolf in the Great Bear Rainforest...Careful and varied page layouts include concise, vivid language that describes his journey and images that bring the reader up close—all this is missing is the feeling of misty air on skin...This well-made title offers great visual detail supported by age-appropriate text."
      "Readers will find much to like about the written account of the wolf's first year on his own...With Ian McAllister's wondrous photos and Nicholas Read's accessible text, young readers are sure to learn why it is of great importance to protect and sustain the Great Bear Rainforest."
      "Wolf Island is an absolutely gorgeous book with amazing photographs and text explaining the life of a wolf in simple and evocative language. The book will be a great addition to all libraries. While the book is intended for those in the early grades, there is enough here to intrest older readers, leading them to the other books by this author/photographer pair and to other nature stories and nonfiction. What more can you ask for? Highly recommended."
      "On this adventure the reader learns many fascinating facts about the sea wolves...Each beautiful photograph enhances and illustrates the corresponding text...Wolf Island is highly recommended for both school and public libraries. The book would be a useful addition to study units on nature, ecological systems, habitat and, of course, wolves. It is also an excellent read-aloud for any story time group."
      "Filled with beautiful color photographs of the wolves that live in the Great Bear Rainforest...This is definitely one that will be enjoyed by children who love wolves."
      "This non-fiction narrative is filled with facts and scientific details to explain the habitat and lifestyle of wolves living on an island. Their story is compelling and interesting. The photography in this book is stunning with panoramic views and detailed close-up images to support the text…This book is a good choice for those looking for engaging narrative nonfiction."
      "Visually spectacular, Wolf Island and A Bear's Life work best as a pair, showing how different types of animals navigate the vast and ancient rainforest in both different and similar ways. Read together, these books—and undoubtedly any others that will be added to the series in the future—provide opportunities for readers to compare and contrast the habits, homes and personalities of some of their favourite animals in a highly engaging and informative way. Full of universal themes the books in the My Great Bear Rainforest series will delight readers of all interests and abilities. "
      "This is a good book for anyone who reads in because it is interesting."
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    Series: Just Enough
    Why Do Families Change? Dr. Jillian Roberts Canada, Cindy Revell Canada
    9781459809512 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date: March 21, 2017
    $19.95 CAD 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 38 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Separation and divorce are difficult on the entire family. Often young children blame themselves or are unsure of their place in the family if these events occur. Child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts designed the Just Enough series to empower parents/caregivers to start conversations with young ones about difficult or challenging subject matter.

      Why Do Families Change? is part of the Just Enough series. Other topics in the series include birth, death and diversity. For more information, visit www.justenoughseries.com.
      Bio
      Dr. Jillian Roberts is a renowned child psychologist, author, professor and parent. She earned her PhD at age twenty-six, became one of the youngest associate professors at the University of Victoria at thirty-two and shortly after became the associate dean of the Faculty of Education. During this time Dr. Roberts built one of Victoria, British Columbia's most successful child-psychology practices. Considered a go-to child psychology expert for journalists, Dr. Roberts has had her work published in the New York Times and the Toronto Sun, is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Global News, and has been interviewed by The Tyee and the CBC. Her bestselling Just Enough series of children's books was released in 2016 to international acclaim. In early 2017 Dr. Roberts co-founded FamilySparks to offer families a supportive, resource-rich community to help them navigate our increasingly complicated world.

      Cindy Revell’s illustrations have been used on billboards and wine bottles, and in magazines and numerous children’s books all over North America. She has worked with clients like Disney, Penguin Putnam, the L.A. Times and Scholastic. Her book Mallory and the Power Boy (Annick Press) was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s book illustration. She lives in Edmonton.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      OLA Top Ten Best Bets 2017, Commended
      Reviews
      "The answers throughout the book are realistic and appropriate...A useful resource for a common issue."
      "This would be a perfect 'just in time' book to use with a young child to help explain the confusion of separation and divorce...The beautiful and engaging colour illustrations lend a storybook quality to the book that helps with its accessibility for younger kids."
      "Using upbeat, colorful illustrations and straightforward text, Roberts reassures kids that they are loved and that divorce or separation is not their fault...Potentially scary concepts, such as moving, are made accessible...A helpful tool for adults seeking to explain divorce to elementary students."
      "Cindy Revell's colourful illustrations capture the emotions that parents/caregivers and their children may feel...Why Do Families Change? is an excellent book to remind children that it's not their fault if their parents decide to separate or divorce and that they are still part of a family...and that the one thing that remains constant is the love that their family has for them. Highly Recommended."
      "A useful tool for explaining to children that the world is different, but not worse, when their parents separate."
      "Children will feel understood and less alone when they realise they're not the only ones with these questions. And they will appreciate the simple, honest answers and their reassuring tone…Why Do Families Change? takes a complicated topic that's difficult to talk about, and breaks it down into simple, matter of fact answers. Its reassuring tone is helpful to both children and parents."
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    Waiting for the Whales Classic Edition Sheryl McFarlane Canada, Ron Lightburn Canada
    9781459813687 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date: March 07, 2017
    $10.95 CAD 8.25 x 9 x 0.13 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 100 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      In this timeless classic set on the West Coast, an old man lives alone on a bluff overlooking the sea, tends his garden and waits. Only when the whales return each year to the bay in front of his cottage is his loneliness eased. One day his daughter and her baby return home to live with the old man, bringing a renewed sense of purpose to his life. As his granddaughter grows, the old man passes on a wealth of knowledge and wisdom as well as his passion for the whales. And each year they wait together for the whales to appear.

      Waiting for the Whales illuminates the unique friendship between grandparent and child and celebrates the restorative power of the natural world. Originally published twenty-five years ago, this award-winning picture book is sure to enchant a whole new generation of readers.
      Bio
      Sheryl McFarlane is the author of more than a dozen award-winning books for young readers. A former teacher, Sheryl loves bike riding, beachcombing and discovering new books for her grandchildren. She lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, where she keeps a little free library stocked with books for her friends and neighbors. For more information, visit www.sherylmcfarlane.ca.

      Ron Lightburn's career as a children's book illustrator was launched with his Governor General's Award-winning artwork for Waiting for the Whales in 1991. Since then he has illustrated numerous other bestselling picture books and has become internationally renowned for his sensitive storytelling skills and range of illustration styles. For more information, visit www.thelightburns.com.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Our Choice 1991, Commended
      CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award 1991, Winner
      Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award 1992, Winner
      Governor General's Literary Award - Illustration 1991, Winner
      IODE Book Award - Toronto Chapter 1992, Winner
      Today's Parent's Best Canadian Kids Books list selection 2015, Commended
      Reviews
      "The gentle, distancing tone is reflected in softly detailed color-pencil art, with careful compositions and dramatic shadows...Poetic and comforting."
      "A delicate and beautifully executed book."
      "Written in precisely cadenced prose, McFarlane's story about the cycles of life—while not a new theme—is so deftly handled that it becomes genuinely moving."
      "This beautifully written, sensitive story reflects on an important relationship between young and old...This text is skillfully enhanced by the accomplished artwork of Ron Lightburn...Twenty-five years later this enchanting book has been republished, proving that it is a classic appealing across the generations. It should be welcomed once again on the shelves in school libraries and classroom collections."
      "Waiting for the Whales, a multi-award winning (for both author and illustrator) picture book, was described as 'timeless' when originally published in 1991. Twenty-five years later, it lives up to that praise, remaining very much a story for today. The premise, setting, themes and illustrative style still inspire in this classic story written from the heart…Be sure to add this gentle but captivating story to your picture book collection. Waiting for the Whales will remain a favorite to reread for generations to come."
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    9781459813489 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date: January 17, 2017
    $10.95 CAD 8.75 x 10.75 x 0.13 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Uncle Wally's Old Brown Shoe, inspired by the familiar nursery rhyme The House That Jack Built, follows the course of one very unusual shoe as it travels through a fascinating, imaginative world to encounter an assortment of quirky characters. The imaginative text and cumulative story are sure to enthrall young readers, as will the detailed illustrations. Children and adults will delight in finding the whimsical objects and hidden meanings in the layered colorful artwork, reminiscent of Wallace Edwards's first book, Alphabeasts.
      Bio
      Wallace Edwards is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and an award-winning author and illustrator. His paintings and illustrations are found in public and private collections, books, magazines and on public display in Canada and the United States. Wallace lives in Yarker, Ontario. For more information, visit www.wallace-edwards-art.com.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      SYRCA Shining Willow Award nominee 2013, Short-listed
      Libris Award nominee 2013, Short-listed
      CCBC Best Books 2013, Commended
      Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award nominee 2013, Short-listed
      Blue Spruce Award nominee 2014, Short-listed
      Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2013, Commended
      Reviews
      "Astounding illustrations...Edwards' artwork, vividly rendered in watercolour, pencil, and gouache, has a vintage feel that contrasts with the growing trend toward graphically and digitally inspired illustration in children's books...It is difficult to argue with the obvious skill involved in creating such intensely detailed, meticulously layered illustrations...With a lilting sing-song text and art that is delightful and fun...this book will appeal to keen-eyed youngsters and nostalgic older readers alike."
      "[A] surreal but delightful fantastical romp...Although the text is entertaining in itself, the illustrations beg to be pored over. On most spreads, the left page displays framed text and a circular portrait of the animal or object newly added to the story. On the right is a lush, detailed painting executed in watercolor, gouache and pencil. Readers' eyes will initially focus on what is referred to in the text but then wander into the dreamlike landscape, which is full of surprises that stretch the imagination...Save for small groups or one-on-one sharing so readers can linger in this visual wonderland."
      "[Edwards] uses a "House That Jack Built"-style verse as scaffolding for a series of enigmatic, beautifully drafted paintings...Visual elements...proliferate, morph, and refer to themselves in endlessly imaginative ways."
      "This wonderful children's picture book written and illustrated by Wallace Edwards offers transport to an imaginative world of wonders where a diverse group of animals and special collection of things are all bonded together to form a colorful and zany new community...Designed for children 4 through 8 years old, the illustrations are remarkable paintings filled with animals and inanimate things. By the end of Uncle Wally's Old Brown Shoe, both adult readers and children lucky enough to receive this book as a gift will find themselves wanting to enter the wonder worlds of Edwards again and again in order to spot new delights!"
      "[A] bright, vibrant, and detailed work. Young readers will be drawn by the highly fanciful, delightfully colourful art. The imaginative illustrations have a dream-like quality about them. One can gaze at them for long periods of time, wondering how it all fits together...To walk through Edwards' illustrations is to walk through a garden of limitless possibilities—a garden from which anything can blossom."
      "The combination of extraordinary, visually-complex graphics and a lilting, fanciful story will make for a magical adventure for young readers."
      "While the text is fun, it is the illustrations that make this book one to linger over, taking in all the beautiful subtle details found on each page."
      "Children will enjoy the solid rhymes and deeply detailed illustrations, but I’ve a hunch that collectors will be on the list for this book, as well."
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    Mooncakes Loretta Seto Canada, Renné Benoit Canada
    9781459814318 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date: January 17, 2017
    $10.95 CAD 8.75 x 10.75 x 0.13 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Mooncakes is the lyrical story of a young girl who shares the special celebration of the Chinese Moon Festival with her parents. As they eat mooncakes, drink tea and watch the night sky together, Mama and Baba tell ancient tales of a magical tree that can never be cut down, the Jade Rabbit who came to live on the moon and one brave woman's journey to eternal life. With a gentle focus on the importance of family, Mooncakes is both a perfect book for parent and child to read together and an ideal choice for schools and libraries.
      Bio
      Loretta Seto is a fiction writer, screenwriter and playwright. She has been published in Ricepaper magazine and the anthology Strike the Wok. Loretta completed her MFA in creative writing at UBC. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.lorettaseto.com.

      Renné Benoit is an award-winning illustrator of many books for children. In 2012, Big City Bees (Greystone) was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award in the Children's Literature Illustration category. Renné currently works out of her home studio in St. Thomas, Ontario. For more information, visit www.rennebenoit.ca.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books 2013, Commended
      Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2013, Commended
      Reviews
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    Sea Otter Pup Victoria Miles Canada, Elizabeth Gatt Canada
    9781459815063 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 0 - 2, Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 2 Publication Date: February 28, 2017
    $6.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.13 in | 28 pages Carton Quantity: 120 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Follow along as Pup learns how to eat spiky sea urchins, somersault beneath the waves and groom himself. He still needs lots of help from Mother, but one day Pup will be old enough to dive down below the waves and search for food on his own

      Accompanied by beautiful illustrations and set in the North Pacific, this heartwarming tale is perfect for little ones who still have lots to learn themselves.
      Bio

      Victoria Miles is the author of numerous award-winning books for children, including Old Mother Bear, which received a Henry Bergh award from the American Society for the Protection of Animals. Victoria lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and two daughters.



      Elizabeth Gatt was born in London, England, and has an MA in graphic design from the Central School of Art and Design. She worked for a number of years at the Natural History Museum in London and began illustrating children's books after her two children were born. Elizabeth now lives in Burlington, Ontario.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books 2014, Commended
      Reviews
      "Gatt’s acrylic painting illustrations are more vibrant in this [new board book format], consisting of rich greens and browns, and their realistic nature reflects the basic facts about sea otters that are being shared throughout the story...Carefully chosen words, such as 'slurps' and 'gobbles,' encourage vocabulary exploration...Sea Otter Pup continues to be a favourite for many young readers, and this board book version would be a welcome addition to any home or public library. Highly Recommended."
      "This appealing story of a young sea otter pup's relaxing days with his mother is beautifully illustrated with large paintings in soft colours, realistically depicting the animals. Both text and drawings should appeal to young listeners and beginning readers."
      "The book reads gently, in a pace that reminds you of the rhythm of the waves of the Pacific Ocean."
      "Gives an accurate depiction of a sea otter pup's life. The illustration are realistic and the otter pup is very cute."
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    Alligator, Bear, Crab A Baby's ABC Lesley Wynne Pechter Canada
    9781459815070 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Grade (CAN) exact P, Grade (US) exact P, Reading age from 0 - 2 Publication Date: February 28, 2017
    $6.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.13 in | 28 pages Carton Quantity: 120 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Alligator, Bear, Crab is an ABC book for babies and toddlers alike that introduces the shapes and sounds of the alphabet amid a colorful collection of critters. The bright colors and playful images make for a unique board book, the perfect size for a child's small hands.
      Bio
      Lesley Wynne Pechter was born in England. She studied at Concordia University in Montreal, where she received her BFA in graphic design. Lesley lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where the sea and island weather are a constant source of inspiration. For more information, visit www.lesleypechter.com.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      San Francisco Examiner's Top Ten Board Books for Toddlers 2011, Commended
      Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2011, Commended
      Read to Me!'s 50 Best Books for Babies list 2013, Commended
      Reviews
      "Endearing animals introduce the ABCs in an inviting board book. Pechter's organic paintings feature soft lines, kindly faces, and a soothing palette of creamy sunset colors and sky blues...With care paid to each image, this is a charming, distinctive primer."
      "Occasionally, a unique [board] book will demand attention, and such is the case with Lesley Wynne Pechter's Alligator, Bear, Crab...The simplicity and elegance of the Japanese woodcut is exemplified in this board book. Animal faces and expressions are emphasized, and all faces are friendly, but not necessarily imbued with a conventional smile. Colour, too, is unconventional, and this book is a refreshing change from the standard board book...With main colours of muted green, orange, and aquamarine that are pleasing to the eye, one can see how this book could be soothing to a young child...Suitable for infants, who enjoy looking at pictures and hearing a familiar voice, and all the way up to toddlers who like to repeat words and may even "read" the book themselves, prompted by the pictures and their ever-expanding memories. My two-year-old grabbed this book from my hands and would not let me take it from her until after several re-readings—this is my definition of success with a new book! Alligator, Bear, Crab is suitable for public libraries and personal home collections. Highly Recommended."
      "A fabulous new board book that is sure to be a hit with the baby shower set as well as the babies themselves...This book is swoon-worthy with its gorgeous pastel palette and Japanese woodcut-inspired illustrations. It stands out on the shelves and to wee readers. I also love the sweet expressions on the somewhat eclectic group of animals that are featured in this book. My daughter, at almost two, can now identify the eagle, koala, newt and urchin in the book and loves the old favourites like the frog, bear and goose!...Utterly original, very Canadian, adorable, educational and attractive, this book is the kind I live to blog about!"
      "Two pre-reader staples, the animal book and the alphabet book, make a happy mashup in this attractive board book. The animal selection veers just enough off-kilter to provide some surprises...The deer, the frog, the moose, and the turtle will probably be among the first critters whose names are babbled by the youngest viewers, while the likes of the newt, the urchin, and the vole will give older viewers animal-identification bragging rights. While this particular roundup excludes pets and other domesticated creatures, even the most predatory of the lot manages a grin, or at the very least an amiable demeanour...A soft yet trendy palette of cool blues, greens, yellows, and peaches will appeal as much to parents fixated on color-coordinated nursery accoutrements as to the toddlers themselves."
      "From the sharp-toothed alligator to the final wild zebra, an arresting animal menagerie is presented...Even the most challenging connections appear unforced; urchin and vole seem perfectly natural standing along with the prominent bear...The nursery-inspired background palette includes robin's-egg blues, tangerine oranges and lemony yellows and peek through artful, intricate gaps in the animals' outlines. Always recognizable, these dreamlike creatures alphabetically enchant."
      "With a large, uncluttered image of an animal representing each letter of the alphabet, this sturdy board book will have toddlers pointing at the bright pictures and sounding out the critters' names many times over...Just right for the youngest lap audience and for preschoolers starting to learn letters."
      "Pechter uses a soothing palette of creamy pastels and bright colours to attract youngsters to her friendly looking characters...The animals all have a playful appeal to them—enticing little ones to keep turning the pages to discover what's next...I love the warm colours and sweet critters that decorated the pages and would certainly include it in a gift for a newborn or toddler's birthday."
      "Has a calm summery look, and hints at some of the splashing creatures of B.C. in its alphabetical catalogue of creatures...Pale yellows, cool greens and blues are refreshing to the eye, but what's nicest about Alligator Bear Crab is Pechter's close observation of the markings and patterns on her birds, beasts and marine life. The loon with its black and white markings, the jay with its quizzical look and the seal with its appearance of somnolent pleasure—all help make this a work of character as well as zoology. It's a pleasure to see a baby book that features so many species native to Canada."
      "Friendly animals are paired with each letter of the alphabet in this lovely illustrated board book...[and] gentle pastel colours are used...The beginning letter of each word is larger and a different colour, making it easier for children to identify. The chubby baby for "You" adds a companionable aspect to the book, which is well sized for small hands."
      "[With] friendly animals in soft, muted colors...Children will be reading this one over and over and over."
      "A handsome book...that parents and children will want to open again and again...Endearing animal faces with expressions looking out from the page are sometimes inquisitive, smiling, open, curious or happy. Atypical animals make this a page-turner...[A] truly lovely book."
      "This is a lovely little alphabet primer that will delight children and also their quirky adults. Simple and extremely attractive and effective graphic-style paintings of animals appear on each page...A sunny, appealing choice to practice the alphabet with the very young."
      "This is a wonderful introduction to the alphabet...The color palette is a standout in beachy tones...This is sure to be a favorite."

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