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What Matters
By (author): Alison Hughes Illustrated by: Holly Hatam
9781459809109 Hardcover, Picture book English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from P - 3, Grade (US) from P - 3, Reading age from 4 - 8 JUVENILE FICTION / Recycling & Green Living Sep 06, 2016
$19.95 CAD
Active 9.25 x 9.25 x 0.25 in 32 pages full color images FSC certified – mixed sources 32 Orca Book Publishers
 
R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature 2017, Short-listed Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award 2017, Commended CCBC Best Books starred selection 2017, Commended
Small actions can have a big impact!

What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn't know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the miniscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores nature's connections and traces the ripple effects of one child’s good deed to show how we can all make a big difference.

Alison Hughes writes for children of all ages. Her books have been nominated for many awards, including the Governor General's Literary Award. She shares her love of writing by giving lively presentations and workshops at schools and young-author conferences. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her family, where her three snoring dogs provide the soundtrack for her writing. For more information, visit alisonhughesbooks.com.

Holly Hatam is an illustrator and graphic designer whose work has been featured in greeting cards, prints, clothes and much more. Holly's other passions include snuggling with her hubby and son, spending time hugging trees, filling up her pantry with tea and sticking her nose in a book. For more information, visit www.hollyhatam.com. Follow her on Twitter @hollyhatam.

"A beguiling, environmental musing on how one small act can have far-reaching consequences." - Kirkus Reviews

"Hughes and Hatam make the powerful point that all children can help change the world...A charming addition that teaches about the interrelationships in nature and the importance of recycling." - School Library Journal

"What Matters is brought to life perfectly with Holly Hatam's simple earth coloured drawings...and will be certain to appeal to readers of any age...A very small book with a very large message...providing excellent opportunities for discussion with young listeners in a read-aloud situation. Highly recommended." - CM Magazine

"A perfect read-aloud picture book...In the simplest terms, Hughes and Hatam convey a positive and powerful message to young readers: you are not too young to make a difference." - Canadian Children's Book News

"The prose flows very nicely, and the progression of the far-reaching positive consequences of the boy's actions will be easy for even the youngest of children to follow. Illustrations are mixed media, presented in calming blues and greens, and incorporating an eclectic mix of watercolours, ink, and photographic elements." - Resource Links

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