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Children's Nonfiction Counting & Numbers

1, 2, 3 Salish Sea

A Pacific Northwest Counting Book

by (author) Nikki McClure

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 2021
Counting & Numbers, Marine Life, Water (Oceans, Lakes, etc.)
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
  • Reading age: 3 to 5


From one to ten and beyond, explore the Salish Sea in this visually striking, high-concept counting primer. Acclaimed West Coast artist Nikki McClure uses a single piece of paper and an X-ACTO knife to create her simple yet exquisite images. Whether it's one stubby squid or one million raindrops, readers young and not-so-young will delight in this distinctly Pacific picture book.

About the author

Nikki McClure is a papercut artist based in Olympia, Washington. She is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including What Will These Hands Make?, How to Be a Cat and Waiting for High Tide. She has created works for Patagonia and Slow Food Nation and produces a popular annual calendar.


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Editorial Reviews

“Each image is lovingly created by the artistry of Nikki McClure in an intricate papercut style and fully captures her passion for this special place in the Pacific Northwest.”

Midwest Book Review

“This natural history coutning book is not only a lovely little pre-naptime read for the kiddos, but is also a stunning book to display in the main cabin.”

NW Yachting Magazine

“Exquisite…Perceptively celebrates the Salish Sea and its natural elements, from one squid to 1,000,000 raindrops.”

Kirkus Reviews

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