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M Is For Maple: A Canadian Alphabet (Discover the World) Paperback – April 5, 2004

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Series: Discover the World
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (April 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585362352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585362356
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 10.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the perfect gift to give to Canadians living abroad.
Wanda Whittington
The thing I liked most about his choices is that they are unpredictable, unlike a lot of other books of this genre.
Mandi MacLennan
Living overseas this is my favorite book in my daughter's library.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Burgoine on August 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Some of the letters in Ulmer and Rose's A-B-C of Canada are ones you'd expect: "T" is for Toronto, "Q" is for Quebec, and, of course, given the title, "M" is for Maple. While those few are expected, some of what Ulmer and Rose chose to exhibit for this distinctly Canadian A-B-C shows a delicate and wonderful understanding of both the child and adult audience of this book.

From Banting and Best, who gave the world Insulin, to Anne of Green Gables, to Terry Fox, and to - of all things - the Zipper, there are at least 26 nuggets of Canadian Heritage and History here that are presented in an accessible format for kids and adults alike.

Moreover, each page is not just the rhyming quartet for each letter - there is also a sidebar with a few paragraphs or so on the topic, or on other letter related topics. (E, which is for "Eh?" also contains a little write-up in the sidebar on Edmonton, for example. G stands both for Grain and the Governor General.)

The illustrations are beautiful - seeing the artistry of Terry Fox literally stopped me in my tracks. I remember seeing him run by when I was young, and the picture was a perfect capture of that moment.

The perfect Canadian kids book gift, for those relatives overseas, or for those who've been in Canada all their lives, "M is for Maple" has real information, lyrical rhymes, and great artistry. It belongs on any Canadian Youth's shelf, and has certainly found a place on my nephew's.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for all children, but especially for children living in other countries. It gives young children insight into Canada at their level. It is especially beneficial to Canadian children of servicemen living abroad or in my case my grandson who lives in the United States but has one Canadian parent. It introduces him to his dual heritage. I definetely recommend this book to all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Happy Mom on August 28, 2010
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
I like the book a lot, the illustrations are mostly lovely and touching (F for Terry Fox, great capture of Northern Lights for N and falling maple leaves for M, etc.) but some of the people are creepy looking (the babies in D or the hockey player in R for example) but I have two quibbles. 1) the book is really for Canadian readers only as it repeatedly talks about "our" land and things "we" love. As someone outside of Canada who bought it as part of an effort to introduce other countries early I thought it should have been better advertised as not being for other readers. It's one of the hazards of buying it without being able to leaf through it first. This is a small thing but I think it's confusing for very young readers (the kind who are being read alphabet books) who aren't Canadian. I realize it's titled "A Canadian Alphabet" but it isn't titled "A Canadian Alphabet for Canadians". 2) The book we received is NOT the book other reviewers have described with expanded text and other letter examples. Each letter has one short sentece of text and that's it. I would rather have had the other book with more information and other examples and explanation, including some pronunciations when needed (I'm not 100% sure how to pronounce Inuksuk or Ojibwa and don't want to teach incorrectly). B is for Bluenose in this version, a reference I'll look up but the page would have been so much better with additional examples (eg. British Columbia, Banff, etc.) If you are Canadian and want it really simple this is a five star book. From anyplace else and if you were expecting what was described in the other reviews it's three star, still recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
The alphabet book has nearly become a genre of its own within the world of children's literature. With every child's bookshelf containing one or two alphabet books that proclaim, "A is for Apple, B is for Banana" or alternately, "A is for Ant, B is for Bear," it's easy to see how the elegant and informative alphabet titles from Sleeping Bear Press are redefining the genre.

M is for Maple: A Canadian Alphabet by Mike Ulmer is quickly becoming the quintessential Canadian version of the alphabet book. Illustrated in rich, glowing oils by accomplished artist Melanie Rose, and covering a broad range of topics that are woven deeply throughout the culture of Canada, this beautiful book is both appealing and useful in a wide variety of age groups and settings.

Each letter of the alphabet is introduced through rhyming text that draws out one symbol, historical personage, location, people group, sport, and so on, that helps to capture the spirit of Canada as a whole.

So instead of a simple, "A is for Anne," readers are treated to:

"A is for Anne - that's Anne with an E
a red headed orphan who loved Avonlea.
The Cuthberts had thought they were adopting a boy,
But that red headed girl would be their pride and their joy."

Informative sidebar text that digs into the presented subject matter provides background information, facts, and trivia - leaving readers `in the know' about important Canadian topics. Adding to the educational element, Sleeping Bear Press also has a free downloadable teaching guide available for grades 2 - 6, helping teachers dig deeper into the presented materials with their students.
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