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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Canada ABC, by Paul Covello. Harper, 2016. $12.99 ages 2 and up

"D is for

E is for

F is for

G is for

Are you starting to build a collection of books that you can share in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary in two short months? If you are, you should check this one out.

It's a board book, sturdily made and bigger than the usual size. It begins in the Arctic and ends with a Zamboni cleaning the ice in anticipation of further fun at the rink. Paul Covello includes the many unique and wonderful Canadian images that are an integral part of our identity as a country. Four of the letters are set on a double page spread. To see the grandeur of the totem, the book must be held vertically. All others are set on single pages.

A child's focus will surely be attracted to the brilliance of the color palette, the bold images, the detailed backgrounds, and the opportunity afforded for discussion and discovery. Little ones will not be familiar with everything the artist has chosen to include; that is a plus. Parents and caregivers can spend the time needed to listen and familiarize them with those things that are celebratory of Canada: its geography, seasons, sports, cities, attractions and events.

Very well done, and worthy of a place on your bookshelf. 

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