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BY THE BAY
Sheilagh Hunt & Christopher Majka
A colouring book about the upper Bay of
Published by Empty Mirrors Press and the New Brunswick Federation of
"This locally produced item has much to recommend it -- for its content
and for its thoroughness." -- Elizabeth Eve, Atlantic Books
Welcome to the Bay of Fundy! This is an area of great natural beauty,
fascinating history, many interesting plants and animals and friendly
people. In By The Bay children have an opportunity to learn about
the Bay of Fundy and all the extraordinary things that took place here.
By The Bay is a colouring book, but one which is packed with
information that can help children understand more about the history and
natural history of this beautifyl region.
The first series of ten pictures touches on high points in the history of
the Bay of Fundy area while the subjects of the remaining twenty-four
illustrations are the living creatures that are found here.
This story is presented through lively drawings which children ages six
and up can colour. Each one is accompanied by a spirited short account
which they (or parents or teachers or other educators) can read about the
subject of the illustration. A short paragraph describes the colours of
the animals and flowers so that they can be coloured correctly.
HISORY OF THE BAY OF FUNDY
Our history begins in the Carboniferous Era, three hundred million years
ago! We look at the time of the Glaciers and the mastodons that lived
here. Then we turn our attention to the people -- from the very earliest
Natives who lived and hunted caribou here 10,500 years ago, through to the
time of the Mi'kmaqs. Acadian settlers then arrived on our shores --
followed by pirates! Then the British and the Irish followed. Finally we
look at the eras of stone quarrying and ship-building. All this is
presented in detailed and historically accurate drawings
BIRDS & BEASTS: THE NATURAL HISTORY
The second portion of the book highlights the natural history of the Bay
of Fundy. Drawings of different natural communities are grouped according
to habitat -- Forest, Fields, Fresh Water Marsh, Salt Marsh, Small Ponds,
Sand Dunes, Mud Flats, Rocky Shore and Ocean -- to help convey the
understanding that the natural environment is made up of different
habitats, each with their own distinctive creatures. The drawings include:
The book includes:
- Winter in the Forest
- Ravens, Snowshoe Hare and Porcupines are some of the creatures you'll
- Ruffed Grouse love dust baths!
- And they take them in ant hills!
- Night in the Forest
- Owls, moths and flying squirrels go bump in the night.
- An Apple A Day
- Is what Red Squirrels eat. It keeps the doctor away -- and helps to
propagate apple trees.
- Farmland Birds
- Tree swallows, Song Sparrows, Bobolinks and Common Yellowthroats all
sing -- and nest -- in the fields.
- Fall Butterflies
- In the fall Red Admirals and Monarchs migrate while Mourning Cloaks
prepare for hibernation.
- The Wily Coyote
- The Aztec Indians thought him a God - the wily Coyotlinautl.
- Of Goosetonge & Samphire
- The Micmac people who lived here at these plants - and you can too!
- Great Blue Herons
- These striking birds nest on islands in the Bay of Fundy.
- Of Sticklebacks and Mummichogs
- These little fish live in marsh ponds - until the herons eat them!
- Flotsam and Jetsam: What Washes Ashore
- Many treasures are to be found on the strand.
- Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud ...
- It may look unappealing, but in the mud-flats live millions of
creatures, vitally important for migrating shorebirds.
- Shorebirds on the Bay of Fundy
- The Bay is one of the most important staging grounds for migrating
shorebirds in our Hemisphere.
- Eider Down
- These feathers keep ducks - and people - toasty warm.
- A Porpoise With a Purpose
- Harbour Porpoise feed on Shad and Gaspereaux.
- Harbour Seals
- Although not common in the upper part of the Bay, Harbour Seals have
been known to whelp here.
By The Bay is a co-production of the New Brunswick Federation of
Naturalists and Empty Mirrors Press.
- A map of the Bay of Fundy
- An Introduction
- A Table of Contents
- And a thorough Glossary.
Watch for a french language version of the book La vie au bord de la
baie coming soon. There will be details here as soon as the book is
"This delightful colouring book zeros in on the people, plants, wildlife
and lanscapes of beautiful Bay of Fundy. Complementing Sheilagh Hunt's
realistic artwork are mini-stories by Christopher Majka that bring
everything to life." ...
For more information contact [Empty Mirrors Press].
This is one colouring book that deserves to become a permanent part of
your library. Highly recommended.
-- Elizabeth St. Jacques: Canadian Book Review Annual