Canada 123

Canadian author Paul Covello’s (Canada ABC) new counting board book about Canada is large in size and inclusive in design. The numbers range from 0 to 100. All the provinces and territories are included (and their flags). Subjects range from Canadian animals (on the land, in the sea, and in the air), to nature, occupations, transportation, sports, hobbies, and all four seasons.

Many of the illustrations contain a Canadian flag, or a maple leaf, and feature people from a wide variety of age groups and backgrounds. There are opportunities to count objects on each page. The numbers appear spelled out as words and numerals; i.e. 25 and twenty-five. The full-page illustrations are not labelled with the province name, but the details in the artwork help narrow down the area. The train is drawn in the mountains (British Columbia), the boats are shown with colourful houses and a lighthouse in the background (Newfoundland) and the farm page shows wheat fields and flat land (Saskatchewan). There is a bilingual page (Quebec or New Brunswick), and outdoor scenes from the territories (sled dogs and polar bears).

The final page shows a labelled map of the country, but the capitals are not marked on the page. As a Canadian, I would be proud to share this book about our country to children, and to recommend it to families. To win a free copy, be the first person to email the name of your favourite place in Canada to [email protected]