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. Volume XVI Number 19. . . .January 22, 2010
Gary Collins and his granddaughter, Maggie Rose, have a wonderful relationship that is made evident in the text and illustrations of this little book. The text is essentially the words to a very simple song that grandfather and granddaughter have shared through the seasons of the year over a period of time. The illustrations by Scott A. Keating flesh out this simple song and are very evocative of life in Newfoundland.
Preferring more complex stories myself, I wanted the reaction of the intended audience. Consequently, I read this book as part of story time to my primary and grade l classes who can check the colour of the Halifax harbour each morning on their way to school. The pages of the book are set up with the question, "What colour's the ocean today? Look Maggie, tell me what you'd say." on one double page, and the answer appears on the next double page. My students were able to accurately predict the colour for each of the seasons. The story and illustrations elicited comments, such as: "The water gets its colour because it reflects the sky." "What is grandpa wearing? (in the winter illustrations) Will he be warm enough?" "Look, they're going swimming." The students were engaged with the material.
Rebecca King is a Library Support Specialist with the Halifax Regional School Board in Halifax, NS.
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