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    The Seal Garden Ian McAllister Canada, Nicholas Read Canada
    9781459833654 Paperback 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:April 12, 2022 Print Run:5000
    $14.95 CAD 10.75 x 8.75 x 0.13 in | 180 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:90 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      When storms roar and orcas are on the prowl, it's the seal gardens of the Great Bear Sea that provide safety and shelter.

      Ian McAllister's glorious photographs reveal the beauty and mystery of this rarely seen place of refuge for sea lions, otters, a variety of seals and other sea mammals. This is the third title in the My Great Bear Rainforest series.

      Bio

      Ian McAllister is an award-winning photographer and author of numerous books. Ian directed the 2019 IMAX film Great Bear Rainforest and co-wrote the film's tie-in book, Great Bear Rainforest: A Giant Screen Adventure in the Land of the Spirit Bear. A recipient of the North American Nature Photography Association's Vision Award and the Rainforest Action Network's Rainforest Hero Award, he and his wife, Karen, were named by Time magazine "Leaders of the 21st Century" for their efforts to protect British Columbia's endangered rainforest. The co-founder of Pacific Wild, a Canadian nonprofit wildlife-conservation group, Ian lives with his family in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.



      Nicholas Read is a retired journalist and journalism instructor who has written 12 books for children including two series about the Great Bear Rainforest with Ian McAllister. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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        Marketing and Promotional Plans

        • Print and online advertising campaigns
        • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
        • Blog and social media promotion
        • Outreach in Orca newsletters
    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2018, Commended
      OLA Top Ten Best Bets 2018, Commended
      Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year 2018, Commended
      Animal Behavior Society Children's Book Award 2019, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "Striking images, both above and under the water, show wide-eyed seals and the larger sea lions…An attractive addition to settings where Wolf Island and A Bear's Life have been popular."
      The expert photography in these books is the perfect medium to tell the stories of survival in this unique wild place…The books in the 'My Great Bear Rainforest' series can effectively be shared with younger listeners who will find the photos captivating and whose curiosity will be aroused by the infrequently seen settings. Highly Recommended.
      "The concept of a seal garden will be new to most viewers, and the illustrations will intrigue children and adults alike. McAllister's handsome photos, particularly those taken underwater, offer some unusual and almost otherworldly effects of light and color. An intriguing addition to the My Great Bear Rainforest series, which includes Wolf Island and A Bear's Life."
      "This third title in the My Great Bear Rainforest series features striking underwater photographs of seals, sea lions, and otters…McAllister's photos of seals peering above the waterline and sea lions lounging on rocks are equally compelling. Read builds a sense of the lurking dangers awaiting seals outside the garden and concludes by evoking a sense of the broader ecosystem that the series explores."
      "Playful images of seals abound. Even the coral, kelp, and stones are shot with care…McAllister and Read's love for the wildlife of the Great Bear Rainforest is evident in their respect for their subjects. Recommended for nature lovers and those that need encouragement to dip their toes into nonfiction."
      "The photographs of marine animals such as harbor seals, elephant seals, sea lions, otters, and fish are exquisite. Recommended."
      "As with Wolf Island and A Bear's Life the bold layout of beautiful wildlife photography combined with adroit text gives the reader a glimpse into a magical world that inspires a sense of wonder. The writing skillfully incorporates facts with a story that promotes understanding of nature. This book is highly recommended for school and public libraries. It would be an appropriate gift for any child. Children are curious about nature and love a good story. The Seal Garden provides for both."
      "This book has really great pictures and will be interesting for readers to learn about a different part of the world, especially one under water…A worthwhile read for younger children."
      "The stunning photography makes one feel as if they are there with the animals under and above the sea…This is an excellent choice for grades 2-4 doing projects on sea mammals. The photography is enough to interest any curious child in the story."
      "This information book reads like a story for young readers while also teaching about this beautiful environment. It will make a great addition to your nonfiction collection for early to middle graders."
      “Striking photographs…Dazzling.”
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    Welcome Song for Baby / Ni Nikamon ‘Tawâw Nipepîmis’ Dual language (English & Plains Cree) Richard Van Camp Canada, Mary Cardinal Collins Canada
    9781459820104 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date:September 18, 2018
    $6.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.13 in | 80 gr | 24 pages Carton Quantity:160 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      From renowned First Nations storyteller Richard Van Camp comes a lyrical lullaby for newborns. Complemented with stunning photographs, this evocative board book is perfectly suited as a first book for every baby.

      Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this paperback as a dual-language (English and Plains Cree) edition.
      Bio

      Internationally renowned storyteller and award-winning author Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tłı̨chǫ Dene from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. A graduate of the En'owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria's BFA in Creative Writing program and the MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, Richard has written over twenty-six books in just about every genre, including Little You and We Sang You Home, both beautifully illustrated by Julie Flett. He lives in Edmonton.



      Mary Cardinal Collins is a semi-retired teacher, fluent Cree speaker and translator.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Toronto Public Library First & Best booklist 2007, Commended
      Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2007, Long-listed
      National Parenting Publications Award 2008, Winner
      Books for BC Babies 2008, Winner
      PJ Library Selection 2012, Commended
      CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
      Reviews
      "An excellent addition to a public library's collection. For new parents it would be a welcomed gift to be cherished for years to come."
      "This is a board book that toddlers will want to look at over and over just to see the expressions on the little ones."
      "It may work its way into parents' and grandparents' hearts the way Robert Munsch's Love You Forever has."
      "If you have a need to purchase a book as a gift for parents of a newborn, this is the one to get. It will be a treasure long after the baby has grown."
      "An excellent purchase for public libraries and a terrific gift for new parents! Highly recommended."
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    Buttercup's Lovely Day Carolyn Beck Canada, Andrea Beck Canada
    9781459817302 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 30, 2018
    $10.95 CAD 10.5 x 7.75 x 0.13 in | 200 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description

      Called a "read-aloud gem" by Quill & Quire, this picture book will delight children with its creative use of language and endearing illustrations.

      In rhyming text that winds like a creek through a farmer's field, the book takes readers on a journey through one lovely day in Buttercup's life. Whether she is ruminating on the mud beneath her feet or on the moon and the stars in the blue-black sky, she draws us deep into her rich and wonderful world, reminding us all to be grateful for life's simple pleasures.

      Bio

      Carolyn Beck first learned about letters when she was five. Right away she liked them. They make interesting sounds, like the s-s-s-sneaky S, the punchy P and the bouncy B. And best of all, in bunches they make WORDS! (Carolyn also discovered numbers and liked them too, but that is another story.) Carolyn lives in Toronto, Ontario.



      Andrea Beck is the author/illustrator of the popular book series and TV show, Elliot Moose. Andrea is known for creating earnest characters that inhabit a world of warmth and friendship, appealing to children and parents alike. Beck studied at OCAD, York University and the University of Toronto and began her career as a toy designer. Her award-winning designs were featured in Canadian media and sold from coast to coast. Later, reading to her children, Beck was inspired by picturebooks and she began to write. Beck lives in Unionville, ON, with her two sons, her beagle Tillie and about 30 goldfish in the backyard pond.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Blue Spruce nominee 2009, Short-listed
      CCBC Best Books 2009, Commended
      OLA Best Bets 2008, Commended
      Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2008, Commended
      Reviews
      "A read-aloud gem...A clever, joyful, playful celebration of creative language, sound, rhyme, rhythm, and repetition."
      "There's much...for small fry to roll around their tongues as beautiful black-and-white Buttercup meanders through her lovely day."
      "The iambic rhythm makes the selections easy to read and recite aloud, and the poems would be wonderful additions to storytimes about cows, farms or even during Valentine’s Day programs. Buttercup provides the answers to life’s eternal questions—she loves the simple things and shares this joy with readers."
      "This is a rich, beautiful rendering of how cow life should be…A nice read aloud for storytimes focusing on the lives of farm animals."
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    Silas' Seven Grandparents New edition Anita Horrocks Canada, Helen Flook
    9781459816404 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 Publication Date:October 10, 2017
    $10.95 CAD 8.25 x 10.5 x 0.13 in | 180 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description

      When there are seven grandparents but only one Silas, is there enough of him to go around?

      Each of Silas' grandparents are unique. They take him to amusement parks, or museums, dog shows or camping. But when Silas' parents go away on a business trip, all seven grandparents invite Silas to stay with them. One Silas can't be with seven different grandparents at the same time! How can he choose one without hurting the others' feelings?

      Silas' Seven Grandparents is a fun and loving story about having multiple sets of grandparents and stepgrandparents as a result of divorce and remarriage. Silas' grandparents enjoy exposing him to a variety of interests, values and cultures. But problems arise when Silas feels he can't be everywhere at once. In the end, it's Silas' sensitive, inclusive nature that brings everyone together.

      Bio

      Anita Horrocks has published several award-winning books for young readers. Anita lives in Lethbridge, Alberta, where she divides her time between working part-time at the library, traveling, hiking, cycling, walking, writing, reading, quilting, baking and doing other grandma things.



      Helen Flook was born and grew up in the beautiful countryside of Wales. She has a Degree in Graphic Design from the Norwich School of Art. Helen has illustrated numerous children's books, including many Orca picture books and early chapter books in the Orca Echoes series. She lives and works in Abergwyngregyn, a village in Wales.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2011, Commended
      CCBC Best Books starred selection 2011, Commended
      OLA Best Bets 2010, Commended
      Reviews
      "Fills a much-needed niche in that it addresses the fact that all families look different. It is also a celebration of these differences. Recommended."
      "The deftly drawn water-based ink illustrations reflect the story's upbeat tone and portray the widely diverse grandparents in ways that make them distinctive. A refreshing alternative to the many overly sentimental picture books about children and their grandparents."
      "Done in acrylic ink, the lively cartoon art is bright and unassuming. The cast of characters is subtly multicultural but their ethnic diversity is presented in a matter-of-fact way. This is a positive story about love and family to share one-on-one with grandparents, no matter how many there are."
      "Silas's conflict is wholly relatable, and readers will enjoy, vicariously, all the doting, shown in carefree acrylic-ink illustrations."
      "The grandparents themselves are portrayed with joy and great variety, not only in stature and demeanor but ethnicity as well. This is simply a delightful celebration of family."
      "[A] great picture book, not only because it is a fun story to read, but because it teaches kids about a different set of family dynamics…The end of this book is super cute, and it's guaranteed to touch the hearts of all readers, big and small."
      "This cute story will cause students to wonder how one boy can have seven grandparents, but this situation can also be turned into a teachable moment...Anita Horrocks writes of a very loving family situation. Helen Flook's illustrations are bright and colorful, warmly complementing this family story...Recommended."
      "An unusual grandparent story told with humor—not at all sentimental and introducing the variations on family configurations. Recommended."
      "Really entertaining...It also teaches children about decision making and family life."
      "An intergenerational story with a lot of heart."
      Flook's illustrations give wonderful personalities to all of the grandparents and are filled with many interesting details that kids will enjoy spotting and commenting upon. A lovely story for grandparents and grandchildren to share.
      "This book really shines in the depiction of Silas' grandparents. Not only are they active and passionate about life they are also extremely diverse: Most are in couples, but one is single; they have a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds; and they range from moderately grey to notably wrinkled. This is a book with detailed, colourful illustrations and a story that values inclusiveness."
      "A good jump off point to discuss the many different forms of family. Silas' final idea is cute."
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    Waiting for the Whales Facsimile 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
    $14.95 CAD 8.25 x 9 x 0.13 in | 120 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:140 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description

      Waiting for the Whales illuminates the unique friendship between grandparent and child and celebrates the restorative power of the natural world.

      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. Until, one day, an unexpected visitor arrives. Originally published over thirty 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.



      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.

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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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    More Blueberries! Susan Musgrave Canada, Esperança Melo Canada
    9781459815056 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food 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
    $6.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.13 in | 80 gr | 28 pages Carton Quantity:120 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description

      These young twins can't get enough of their favorite snack—and they aren't the only ones!

      With playful rhyming text from award-winning poet Susan Musgrave and gorgeous illustrations by Esperança Melo, this exuberant picture book will delight little ones and have everyone happily shouting, "More blueberries!"

      Bio

      Susan Musgrave has been nominated for and has received awards in five different categories of writing — poetry, fiction, nonfiction, personal essay, children's writing — and for her work as an editor. She has published many books, including Love You More, More Blueberries and Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug. Susan lives on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, and teaches poetry in the Optional Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia.



      Esperança Melo is a graduate of Sheridan College's Animation Program and has completed an honors degree in graphic design from George Brown College. She has illustrated and designed several children's books. Esperança was born in the Azores and now lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "A brother and sister...get their hands on too many blueberries in this board book...These tots make a bit of a mess, even letting some animals in on the purple-stained fun...[Musgrave] combines 'blueberry' with simple, toddler-friendly vocabulary for an infectious chant...Sharp-eyed readers will notice that the frog, bear, and crow that join the fun may be imaginary, if stuffed toys and bedside book are taken as clues...A great read-aloud that supports both vocabulary building and phonemic awareness."
      "A brightly illustrated, sturdy little board book featuring that most luscious and irresistible of all summer fruits...Melo's bold and beautiful acrylics on gessoed paper are a perfect match for Musgrave's text as she depicts the blueberry stained twins eating, drinking and playing their way through blueberry concoctions of all sorts. More Blueberries has great visual and tactile appeal and should prove a success with small listeners (as well as being hardy enough to resist damage from little hands and teeth!) Highly Recommended."
      "A fun read aloud for toddler time because of the rhyming text and the expressive language."
      "The sheer joyfulness of the text and the vibrant acrylic paintings (appropriately smeared with bright blue) is infectious. Pair with Vera B. Williams’s More, More, More Said the Baby...while teaching babies and their caregivers the American Sign Language word for 'more.'"
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    Sea Otter Pup Victoria Miles Canada, Elizabeth Gatt
    9781459815063 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 0 - 2, Grade (CAN) to P, Grade (US) to P, Reading age from 0 - 2 Publication Date:February 28, 2017
    $6.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.13 in | 80 gr | 28 pages Carton Quantity:120 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description

      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 in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

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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 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
    $6.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.13 in | 80 gr | 28 pages Carton Quantity:120 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description

      Alligator, Bear, Crab is an ABC book for babies and toddlers alike!

      Introduce young ones to the shapes and sounds of the alphabet amid a colorful collection of critters. The bright colors and playful images make for a unique picture book.

      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.

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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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    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 | 200 gr | 32 pages Carton Quantity:80 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      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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