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M Is for Maple: A Canadian Alphabet (Alphabet Books) [Board book]

Mike Ulmer , Melanie Rose

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  • Board book: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press; Brdbk edition (15 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585363456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585363452
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 13.6 x 18.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 892,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  10 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous "Eh? B.C." of Canada, full of nuggets of history! 28 Aug 2002
By Jonathan Burgoine - Published on Amazon.com
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 25 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish it was the book described in earlier reviews! 28 Aug 2010
By Happy Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars M is for a marvellous book! 19 Aug 2005
By Mandi MacLennan - Published on Amazon.com
"M is for Maple: A Canadian Alphabet" is a marvellous find. Whether you are a geography buff, full of Canadian pride, or someone who just loves to look at beautiful things, this is the book for you!
Mike Ulmer's rhyme scheme is a pleasure to read silently or aloud. His choices for each letter are fitting for Canada and represent all regions and citizens. The thing I liked most about his choices is that they are unpredictable, unlike a lot of other books of this genre.
Paired up with Melanie Rose's awe-inspiring illustrations, Ulmer's writing cannot go wrong. Rose captures Canada's positive aspects in warm colours, soft lines, and heart-warming depictions.
Lastly, the side captions outlining additional information on the featured item or offering a second feature is a great way to educate readers while keeping the same light-hearted tone.
This book is an all-around winner in my mind.
5.0 out of 5 stars E is for eh! 7 Feb 2014
By Wanda Whittington - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
C is for Canadian! This is the perfect gift to give to Canadians living abroad. I have given away five copies of this book and every young parent loved it.
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