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By Day, By Night
Author: Amy Gibson
Format: Hardcover
  • As profound as it is simple, this universal picture book celebrates people all around the world as they do the same things in different ways— work and play, laugh and cry, and wonder why. The lyrical story takes us from morning to night, as we all wish and dream under a winking sky. A perfect bedtime read, this is a book about the children of the world for the children of the world.

$21.99

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Canadian Jingle Bells
Author: Troy Townsin
Format: Hardcover
  • “Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, from Victoria to Halifax, across the Hudson Bay"

    Whether read or sung aloud, this book is designed as a fun learning tool that will instigate discussion about all things Canadian.

    Learn about each province and territory as Santa travels across Canada delivering gifts on Christmas Eve in this delightful Canadian rendition of a holiday favourite.

    In Manitoba, Santa has a scare when he almost lands on a sleeping polar bear and in PEI he finds Mounties in the stables eating turkey dinner with Anne of Green Gables.

$19.95

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Loon
Format: Hardcover
  • The haunting call of a loon is quintessential summertime for many people. These majestically beautiful birds breed on northern lakes during the spring and summer, and when fall arrives, they migrate to open coastal waters. Young loons stay on the ocean for three or four years until they mature and their gray feathers molt, turning to the beautiful black-and-white patterned feathers by which they are known. At this point they return to an inland lake to find a mate and have their young.

    This gorgeously illustrated prose poem follows two baby chicks through this cycle. We witness their birth, and how they learn to swim, find food and avoid predators such as snapping turtles and big bass, and the possible danger of boaters. In the fall they imitate their parents as they learn to fly and are eventually large and strong enough to make their own migration to the coast.

    An afterword supplies other interesting facts about the common loon, which some scientists believe has inhabited lakes and oceans for millions of years. It describes these birds' amazing diving ability, their four different calls, and the different factors that threaten them, such as loss of habitat due to human proximity and environmental problems (acid rain, deadly toxins in lakes, oil spills and global warming), suggesting different ways that we might help to protect them. Also included are suggestions for further reading and endpapers featuring illustrations of many other animals shown throughout the book that can be found in the loon's habitat.

    Both the text and the illustrations have been carefully checked by an ornithologist for scientific accuracy.

    Susan Vande Griek's simple, poetic text has been beautifully illustrated by Karen Reczuch, who received high praise for her work in award-winning Salmon Creek, a similar picture book focusing on the life cycle of an intriguing animal.

$18.95

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Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons
Author: Rob D. Walker
Format: Hardcover
  • In this elegant expression of wisdom and love, mothers around the world share life's simplest yet important lessons with their sons. Each verse presents a different family and is translated into a language related to their culture.

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Salmon Creek
Author: Annette LeBox
Format: Paperback
  • One of the most fascinating stories in nature is the life cycle of the Pacific salmon. This lyrical, beautiful picture book tells the story of one coho, Sumi, from her birth in a remote creek, to her final hours when she spawns and then dies.

    All the phases of Sumi's life are shown, from her trip down river to the ocean, her time as a fully mature fish swimming in the great seas, to the most fascinating and mysterious period in the life cycle of these magic animals - the determined return to her birthplace.

    Many thousands of people come to witness these last moving moments in the lives of salmon. As wild salmon become rarer due to our exploitation of their environment and the consequent destruction of their habitat, as well as our abusive overfishing practices, their story engages us more than ever. This book is a plea for the protection of salmon and of the natural world they inhabit. An afterword presents the factual basis for the book and amplifies on the poetic text.

$14.95

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The Night Before a Canadian Christmas
Author: Troy Townsin
Format: Hardcover
  • 'Twas the night before Christmas and all around the house, not a creature was stirring, except for a moose….

    Readers of all ages will laugh out loud at all the Canadian references in this hilarious version of the night before Christmas.

    There are children in long johns snug in their beds while visions of poutine dance in their heads. Santa replaces his reindeer with a team of beavers - Gretzky, Trudeau, Shania, Loonie, Bob, Doug, Suzuki and Toonie.

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There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea
Author: Jennifer Ward
Format: Paperback
  • There was a coyote who swallowed a flea, Plucked from his knee, that tickly flea. Yippee-o-Ki-Yee! Skinny ol' Coyote delights readers of all ages as he swallows his way through this delicious southwestern-flavored retelling of a well-loved rhyme. As Coyote gets bigger, the story gets zanier as a bird, a bull, and even an entire cactus end up as dinner. It's pure fun for everyone--even that little flea. Call him silly to swallow a chile! Yippee-o-Ki-Yee!

$20.95

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Tree Song
Author: Helen Stewart
Format: Hardcover
  • This story tells of silent, unchanging forests and of the life history of one Sitka spruce tree, home to numerous insects and birds. It speaks of First Nations People who honored the land and could hear the singing of the trees. It follows the arrival of the European settlers in North America who broke the ancient pattern of forest life by felling great swaths of trees. Our Sitka spruce, however, continues to grow. But after hundreds of years, it too falls because of violent storms and changing climate. Miraculously, the song of this tree is not lost. An instrument maker uses a piece of its wood in crafting a fine cello. The song of this beautiful instrument in turn becomes a gift to the forest.

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Way Up in the Arctic
Author: Jennifer Ward
Format: Paperback
  • Jennifer Ward and Kenneth Spengler have teamed up to create another wonderful, joyful, counting romp. This time they prance and dance readers through the Arctic and introduce kids to the fascinating animal mamas and babies that call the Arctic home. Set to the beloved tune of Over in the Meadow, read again and again this book will have kids singing along from one to ten with polar bears, beluga whales, Arctic foxes and more! Hey, kids! Look for the number hidden on each page!

$20.95

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