Learning to Count With Maud Lewis

As the numbers get higher, children have a slightly more complex task...counting the number of hooves on the oxen

This latest entry in the world of concept books for the very youngest of readers features the distinctive art of beloved Nova Scotian folk artist, Maud Lewis. It is a perfect combination.

Lewis’s signature artworks feature vibrant images of everyday life in a rural community: assorted animals, houses and churches, adults and children at work and play. The rich and vivid colours will capture the attention of infants and toddlers who will be equally enchanted by the bold, uncomplicated images throughout. While each spread features a whole host of things to look at, even very young children will enjoy poring over the pages in search of the given number of objects. The book starts simply, with one hummingbird which is front and centre and easy to spot. So too with the two horses and three kittens. As the numbers get higher, children have a slightly more complex task at hand, counting the number of hooves on the two oxen and the number of roofs and then windows on the houses.

A welcome treat for parents who will get to savour the joyful whimsy of these celebrated paintings alongside their young readers, this is a counting book to treasure. It will also serve as a celebration of Nova Scotia and one of the region’s most iconic artists, making it an ideal gift for families who have moved away or visitors wishing to bring back a souvenir of their time in Nova Scotia.

Maud Lewis 1,2,3
Carol McDougall and Shanda Laramee-Jones, Art by Maud Lewis
Nimbus Publishing

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Lisa Doucet is the co-manager of Woozles Children’s Bookstore in Halifax. She shares her passion for children’s and young adult books as our young readers editor and book reviewer.

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