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Tigers, bears and bunnies oh my, are just some of the adorable creatures in this month’s baby books box.

One Happy Tiger by Catherine Rayner from Edinburgh, Scotland. The Daily Telegraph says that Catherine “has the marvellous gift for capturing the souls of animals in a few, rich washes of colour.” This large and gorgeous counting book is a wonderful companion to her first book Augustus and His Smile, one of our all-time favourites. The story of Augustus the tiger starts as “One sad tiger sitting alone” but with each double spread he meets new friends. Two bright bugs, three colorful birds and so on until he becomes one happy tiger with ten little friends. I love counting books. They can be so interactive with your little one as together you count the items on each page. Before you know it, they will be counting everything!


More Than Balloons by Lorna Cozier from Vancouver Island, BC. Lorna is a writer, poet, teacher, an Officer of the Order of Canada and Governor General’s Award winner! Through this sweet rhyme, a mother rabbit tells how much she loves her baby. The book is whimsically illustrated by Rachelle Anne Miller, a mother of three from Ottawa, Ontario.   


Alligator Bear Crab by Lesley Wynne Pechter. New to paperback, this ABC book is full of delightful animals with charming expressions done in soft pastel colours. There are some unexpected choices for each letter like H for hare, I for Iguana and K for koala, not to mention Y for you with a baby smiling and waving at the reader. I always thought these illustrations would make perfect decorations for a child’s bedroom. Lesley was born in England and now lives in our hometown of Victoria, B.C.