Books

 


On The Reef
 
(Firefly Books, September, 2016)

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On the Reef brings to life the importance of maintaining a healthy ocean environment in a way that children can understand and appreciate. When their father wins a free vacation in the Bahamas for himself and the family, the children, Zachary and Chloe, age 10 and 12, find themselves introduced to a whole new magical world while snorkelling on a coral reef.

But even more adventure awaits as the children find a Hawksbill turtle that has become entangled in some of the plastic that pollutes the world’s oceans. With the help of their guide and other locals, the turtle (who they named Teagan) is brought to shore and the family anxiously waits for professional help to save its life.

Only when they are back home and the warm waters of the ocean are just a pleasant memory do they learn that Teagan has survived his ordeal.

Beautifully illustrated, this book captures all the beauty of the coral reef, one of the most endangered parts of the marine ecosystem, while teaching the importance of preserving the fragile balance of life in the oceans. Thanks to this wonderful holiday, the children discover that the beauty of nature is something to cherish and protect.

This important and timely story is accompanied by the artwork of renowned naturalist painter Robert Bateman and The Tobin Island Artists (D. A. Dunford, Karen Genovese, Susan Gosevitz, Loretta Rogers, Darcey Sills, Megan Torisawa, and Simon Dunford).

 


Under Your Nose
(Firefly Books, July, 2015)

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A tale of adventure and discovery in the great outdoors.

This beautifully illustrated book brings to life the importance and joy that comes of experiencing and preserving the beauty of the natural world. When Chloe and Zachary find themselves without their digital devices for a week at their grandparents’ cottage, they quickly overcome their panic when they discover that adventures in the great outdoors are much more fun than anything the wired world has to offer.

With nature’s playground at their feet, the two embark on a fun-filled weekend of activities. A scavenger hunt finds a family of mallard ducks, fluffy babies and all, a family of deer (and their droppings!), and a beaver dam that inspires the children to build their own, collecting and assembling sticks, mud and moss, but mostly mud.

The next night, Gramps takes the children outside with a flashlight. Sounds echo in the night, a barred owl and a beaver slapping his tail. The night closes with a bonfire at the lake’s edge, complete with marshmallows and s’mores.

Along the way, Chloe and Zachary learn important lessons about the forest and its creatures. They ultimately discover that the beauty of nature is something to cherish and protect.

This lighthearted tale is accompanied by the artwork of renowned naturalist painter Robert Bateman and The Tobin Island Artists (D. A. Dunford, Karen Genovese, Susan Gosevitz, Loretta Rogers, Darcey Sills, Megan Torisawa, and Simon Dunford). Guest artists Dwight Aranha, Brad Bateman and Andy Donato also contribute to the illustrations.

 

Hey Baby! What’s Your Name? A Canadian Guide to Naming your Baby (John Wiley and Sons, November, 2005)

A fun and interactive way to choose a patriotic name for your baby, eh? Hey Baby! What’s Your Name! is the first and only baby-naming book to offer a Canadian slant to naming your baby. No longer will expecting parents have to plow through endless lists of “most popular” baby names or pore over boring names of past U.S. presidents – now there’s a book that offers parents pertinent and patriotic choices.

Special sections on truly Canadian names, relevant national statistics, prime ministers’ names and place and literary names unique to the Great White North offer Canucks the first baby name book that hits home. Each chapter includes interviews with Canadian adults and kids on what they really think about their own names. Hilarious quizzes and lists also get readers involved. With all this and more, Hey Baby! is the perfect alternative to your typical baby name dictionary.

More than 300,000 babies are born in Canada every year – and each one of them needs a name! Fun, funky and a great read, this book will help parents make the right call when naming their little Canuck.

Shandley McMurray is a uniquely named and talented freelance writer specializing in parenting and health stories. She has written over 100 articles for some of Canada’s leading magazines and Web sites, including Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Profit and Glow. Shandley has also appeared on numerous television and radio shows, and was a segment producer on CTV’s preeminent health show Balance – Television for Living Well. She lives in London with her popularly-named husband, Austin daughter, Marley and son, Pierce.