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*A Pod of Orcas: A Seaside Counting Book* by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Kirsti Anne Wakelin
 
Also by Sheryl McFarlane:

At the Circus

By the Sea

 





 

A Pod of Orcas: A Seaside Counting Book
by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Kirsti Anne Wakelin
Ages 4-8 28 pages Fitzhenry & Whiteside June 2006 Paperback    

Itís as if this book just popped out of the sea itself. This could be an armchair travel book for children who have never been to the sea before, a tourist book of sorts. Who lives at the sea? What happens there? How does the day differ from the night at the sea? Find out how entertaining it is at the ocean's edge.

This counting book goes from one to ten and back again in a rhyming format. It will stir up homesickness in some and a need to visit the sea in others. Sheryl McFarlane, an award-winning author of numerous childrenís books, obviously appreciates the sea and its surroundings. Children will enjoy finding all the pictures in the book. Will they see all ten sail boats in the picture? Can they count all six of the sandcastles? The one with the white seagull feather perched on top is sure to stand out. The seashore is such a lively place with great allure for people of all ages. Eagles, harbor seals, and orcas make the sea and its surroundings their home, too.

The illustrations could have washed up onto the shore as well. They take you on a relaxing ride into a world where life is unhurried and homey. The illustrations are very much like snapshots of the sea from different perspectives at different times of the day. The last page shows the sea from the perspective of both a child and an adult. As the sun is setting over the water, they see tails and fins sticking up, boats gliding away, and the lighthouse glowing. Everything is bathed in shades of red, purple and orange. Kirsti Anne Wakelin has illustrated other books as well, including the childrenís books When They Are Up and Pig in the Middle.

A counting book, a rhyming book, a seek and find book, and a nature book all combined. Donít let this one pass you by. Let it sweep you away.
   


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