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1, 2, 3 Salish Sea

A Pacific Northwest Counting Book

by (author) Nikki McClure

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 2021
English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies
Grade Levels
k to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2021
    List Price

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Descriptive Review

Nikki McClure shares some of her favourite creatures of the Salish Sea as she identifies them through counting and graceful illustrations. Each page features a number and verb describing a marine creature. Many of these amazing species will be familiar to students, but some readers will want to find out more. The illustrations and simplicity of this book give readers the inspiration to create their own stories when connecting with topics close to their hearts, communities, and cultures. | Author Nikki McClure has created many other children’s books using a similar technique of paper cutting to make her illustrations. She is the author of Mama, Is It summer yet? and How to Be a Cat.

32 pp., 6.5 × 9", colour illustrations

Source: Association of Book Publishers of BC - BC Books for Schools (2021-2022)

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.


Nikki McClure's profile page

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