Book: “1, 2, 3 Salish Sea” by Niki McClure
Genre: Children’s Non Fiction (Counting Book)
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Blogger’s Note: Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy of this beautiful book in exchange for an honest review.
Counting books are a vital part of every children’s library. “1, 2, 3 Salish Sea” is a book filled with so much more than a traditional counting book. Yes, there are numbers inside the pages but there are also animals and glorious watercolor paintings that will leave even adult readers imagining the sounds of seals and other native species from the Salish Sea!
As a parent, I loved reading this book with my family. We are not native to the Pacific Northwest, so we used the book as an opportunity to not only practice our counting but also to learn about new animals and do some background research! My little ones loved the banana slugs which they thought had a funny name while I loved the orcas. I also really enjoyed that the counting did not stop at ten. Traditional counting books usually end there, but this one pushed the number envelope by introducing larger numbers like one thousand and even one million!
Reading this book helped to teach my little ones… but it also brought me back to my last trip up to the PNW and perfectly expressed the magic that can be found in the great outdoors. I can’t imagine a better way to enjoy learning to count than to sit down with a loved one and enjoy this beautifully crafted book!
Recommendation: Author Nikki McClure has created a beautiful piece of art in the form of a children’s counting book that should not be missed! Anyone with a love of the Pacific Northwest or a young child in their life should pick this one up!