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Eight Great Picture Books (by Woozles Book Store)

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Woozles is a children's book and toy store located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in operation since 1978. Woozles is proud to be celebrating 32 years this October as an independently owned and operated business—Canada's oldest children's bookstore. Rachel Solomon, the creator of this list, has worked at Woozles for nearly ten years. Her favourite picture book growing up was The Balloon Tree by Phoebe Gilman.
Stella, Queen of the Snow
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Marie Louise Gay's Stella and Sam stories are a staple in every Canadian children's library. This is Sam's first snowstorm. The world outside has been transformed by the snow and he has many questions about this new substance and all the winter activities that go along with it. Luckily for him, his big sister Stella has all the answers, and then some.
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Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog
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A very fine frog, indeed! This is the tale of a hungry frog who goes searching for a meal from his neighbours upon discovering that his pantry is empty. He ends up humorously disappointed when he realizes that the creatures nearby do not eat the same things as him.
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The Hockey Sweater

The Hockey Sweater

by Roch Carrier
translated by Sheila Fischman
illustrated by Sheldon Cohen
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged : hockey, classics
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Why it's on the list ...
The dissonance between fans of the Montreal Canadians and the Toronto Maple Leafs has never been more fittingly described than in Roch Carrier's classic story. When young Roch's Habs sweater becomes too small and tattered to wear, his mother sends away for a new one from the Eaton's catalogue. The arrival of a Maple Leaf's sweater in its stead has incurred the same feelings of shame and disgrace in readers for many years, just as they did to Roch and his teammates.
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This is a familiar and relatable story for many parents and children. Sarah outgrows her favourite yellow rain boots and is reluctant to part with them. She tries everything to make them fit again (from trying to blow them up like a balloon and planting them in the garden to tying rope around both ends while she and her brother drive their bikes in opposite directions), but to no avail. Her earnest pursuit to stretch her “shrunken” boots is endearingly, and happily, resolved in the end.
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Sleeping Dragons All Around pb
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Since it first appeared in 1989, this lively tale of a young girl's midnight quest for some mocha maple chocolate cake has been enchanting audiences near and far. Fantastical descriptions of the sleeping dragons—from punk dragon Fagan to old Jebediah Jones the philosopher dragon—and Fitch's whimsical language will leave an indelible impression on young readers.
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Something from Nothing

Something from Nothing

Gift Edition
edition:Hardcover
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Why it's on the list ...
This beautifully illustrated story from the phenomenal Phoebe Gilman is adapted from a Jewish folk tale. Joseph's grandfather has made him a blanket to keep him warm and cozy and chase away bad dreams. As Joseph grows older, his grandfather refashions a new and useful article from the tattered remains of the blanket until nothing remains. The simple, rhyming text makes this a great read-aloud, and children will love the narrative that runs along the bottom of the pages as the mouse family fashions their own clothing from the cuttings of Joseph's blankets.
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Cremation of Sam McGee, The
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Robert W. Service's famous poem written in the first decade of the twentieth century has been a staple in Canadian children's education since it was first published as a picture book in 1986, with illustrations by internationally renowned painter Ted Harrison. The poem has become an icon of the North, capturing the "spell of the Yukon," its landscape, isolation, and appeal.
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Alligator Pie

by Dennis Lee
illustrated by Frank Newfeld
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook Hardcover
tagged : humorous
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Why it's on the list ...
Dennis Lee's nonsensical poems are filled with playful rhymes and references to Canadian people and places. Before it appeared in 1974, there were virtually no Canadian nursery rhymes or poems for children, leading Lee to be called Canada's Father Goose. An uproariously fun read-aloud!
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