• Written by Sheryl McFarlane
  • Illustrations by Laurel Aylesworth
  • ISBN: 9781641709156
  • HC $24.99 (Canada) $16.99 (U.S.)

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Published by Familius, 2024.

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“Beautifully illustrated and fabulously written book about expecting a new sibling and wondering what they might like.“ Review from Goodreads.

The Blue Canoe

Excerpt fromThe Blue Canoe

“Every cabin day is a paddle on the lake day.”

About The Blue Canoe

A mother and daughter spend the day on the lake, admiring the local flora and fauna and considering the way their paddling routine might change when a new baby arrives.
For nature lovers with a growing family, The Blue Canoe is a poignant picture book conversation that gently addresses a child’s natural worries about shifting family dynamics while celebrating the unchangeable bond between mother and child. The details of the animal families they encounter bolster the child’s confidence and reinforce the mother’s loving reassurance that even though a new baby will bring change, some things are as reliable as the sunrise.

Author’s Inspiration

From the author…

This is a from-the-heart-story about recollections I had about teaching my young daughters to paddle on the little lake where we had a cabin when they were growing up.

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