East Coast Counting
1 Lighthouse . . .
2 Horses . . .
3 Jellyfish . . .
From the Peggy’s Cove lighthouse to the dolphins of Twillingate Island, warm and welcoming images serve as a beautiful backdrop in this early educational counting book. Dawn Baker, an artist from Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, was inspired by the common bonds shared by the provinces in the Atlantic Bubble—New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island!
Inspired by the common bonds shared by the provinces in the Atlantic Bubble, Baker's early counting book, which focuses on numbers 0 to 12, portrays natural attractions, iconic symbols, and wildlife common to the area. From the Peggy's Cove lighthouse to the kayaks in the Bay of Fundy, from the Newfoundland Dog puppies to the warm sands of Cavendish Beach, young children will delight in counting the beautifully rendered images that Baker has created. Though the book has a mostly maritime flavour, the author has also captured other landforms, flowers and native species that can be found in the inland areas of the various regions. The final page of "Twelve beautiful faces" smiling and saying "Hello" portrays multicultural characters that reminds us of the diversity that exists within the region. Young readers and their adult caregivers will appreciate seeing themselves represented in such an inclusive manner. East Coast Counting is Dawn Baker's twelfth book published by Flanker Press. Exquisitely presented and full of detailed endnotes and tidbits of information, young readers and their families will be counting down to the day when they can visit the east coast in person.-- Stephanie Collins - Fireside Collections --
In additional to the rhythmic words across the pages, Baker uses beautiful and vibrant illustrations too. Children will be drawn to these colourful images as they count their way through the book. I mean, who is not going to love counting eight Newfoundland puppies or nine chickadees perched in branches? This book is a very sweet way for adults (or even older siblings) to spend time with little ones, encouraging them to learn.-- Edwards Book Club Reviews --
“East Coast Counting” by acclaimed Newfoundland children’s author and illustrator Dawn Baker is kid approved in our house and has already made its way to the favorites shelf! This charming book offers the reader gorgeous, eye-catching and soul-soothing artwork that perfectly illustrates the beauty and uniqueness of our four Atlantic provinces. The verses that accompany these pictures are delightful and appealing for children and adults alike. Educational but fun (because we LOVED counting all the Newfoundland dog puppies out loud) this book is sure to please. When everyone stops what they’re doing and listens - really listens - then I know that this book has captured, and held, their attention and that it really must be something special. There are also some really great little snippets at the back of the book on the different locations, animals, birds and some neat bits of trivia. One of my favorite parts is near the end, in this section. It says “Atlantic Canada is well-known for the warmth and kindness of its residents. In a region of unlimited beauty, its people remain its best feature!” This really tugged at my heartstrings and makes me so proud to be from a place that can be included in such a wonderful sentiment. My children were very happy to add “East Coast Counting” to their Dawn Baker collection and I can say with absolute certainty, that it will not be the last!-- Nicole Little - Nicole's Reviews --
East Coast Counting by Dawn Baker is a fun and educational counting book for young readers. Using iconic Atlantic Canadian landmarks, animals, and other objects, children learn about the places and things in this part of Canada, while also practicing their counting skills. The illustrations are bright and cheery, which is a great representation of the overall welcoming feel of Atlantic Canada. There is also an opportunity to practice counting the images on each page, which is perfect for the youngest of learners. Included at the back is a description for each of the places or things mentioned throughout the book, which provides a bit of education and explanation for readers who are unfamiliar with the area. Whether you live within Atlantic Canada or beyond, this is a wonderful book to practice counting, while capturing some of the highlights of the area.-- Melanie Metivier - Miramichi Reader --
Beginning with an invitation to “count some of the reasons why this part of the world is so special,” Dawn Baker’s newest picture book is a fun-filled counting book and a thoughtful tribute to the provinces of Atlantic Canada. Lighthouses and fishing buoys, puppies and chickadees, wiggling toes and smiling faces are among the objects that fill these pages, providing the youngest of readers the chance to hone their counting skills while also encountering a variety of places, plants and animals that are to be found in this unique region. As a counting book, East Coast Counting will be a welcome addition to the genre. On each page, the items being counted are readily identifiable and easy to count. The numbers are printed clearly on the page, both numerically and in written form, which is another helpful learning tool. The book is even more noteworthy as a celebration of the four Atlantic Provinces. Baker has included a delightful mix of well-known symbols of the region, along with images of flora and fauna that are less widely recognized. All four provinces are well represented herein and the lovely, softly luminous illustrations truly capture their rugged beauty. The “In case you were wondering…” section at the back provides explanations for each illustration as well as further information, and was a wise addition to the book. A visually captivating book that is perfect for Atlantic Canadian readers or as an introduction to the region.-- Lisa Doucet, Atlantic Books --
Dawn Baker spreads her location wings a bit this year in a fun counting book that covers all the Atlantic bubble provinces. As always, Baker's illustrations are bright and colourful, evocative of places familiar to her intended readers and the people who give books to them.-- Northeast Avalon Times --
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