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Let's Point!

by Shanda LaRamee-Jones & Carol McDougall

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list price: $12.95
published: 2017
publisher: Nimbus Publishing
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Spring
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When baby reaches about 12 months of age, pointing becomes a powerful way to communicate. Let's Point! features curious and wonder-filled babies pointing at the many interesting things around them. Foil-embellished images of everyday objects accompanied by simple text invite baby to engage in their own pointing, and encourage early communication and conversation between parent and child. A perfect first-birthday gift and ideal for early literacy programs, Let's Point! will excite baby's curiosity about the world around them.

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Contributor notes

Shanda LaRamee-Jones is the provincial coordinator for the Read to Me! Nova Scotia Family Literacy Program. She has a passion for supporting early learning and has a master's of education degree in literacy. She lives in Halifax with her husband and son.

Carol McDougall is a writer, editor, and former librarian for the Canadian Children's Book Centre. She received the Mayor's Award for Cultural Achievement and the Progress Women of Excellence Award for her work in early literacy. She is director of the Read to Me! Nova Scotia Family Literacy Program and lives in Halifax.

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Editorial Reviews


Imagine that you are in a shop in a foreign country where English is not spoken and you see something in a display case that you would like to purchase. How could you indicate your interest to the shopkeeper? One of the things that you might do in this situation is point at the desired object. As adults, it's easy to forget that, for a period of time, all infants/toddlers "live" in a "foreign country" before they learn how to talk. Prior to their acquiring spoken language, they use other means to communicate their wants, needs and emotions, including crying variants and pointing, the latter being the focus of this board book.

Racially inclusive photographs of seven "pointing" babies each appear on one page while what the child is pointing at is found on the facing page, with the brief text identifying what the child is pointing at. The children's "points" are shown to have different purposes. For instance, in one case, the child's pointing is an indication that s/he has heard someone knocking at the door while, in another, the point is being used to signal the need to have a milk cup refilled. In the final "point", and the only photo that also includes an adult, "Baby points at me", with the "me" being a "father". The page opposite has a section of mirrored surface and contains the text, "Eyes, nose, mouth...." Presumably, the child can use this reflective surface to look at her/his face and be invited to point at the identified body parts.

Let's Point! is a worthy home purchase and merits being in collections serving this age group.

" —Dave Jenkinson, Canadian Materials Magazine (Winnipeg, MB)

"The text and illustrations will stimulate babies to interact with their parents thereby having effective intercommunication." —Resource Links (NL)

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About the Authors

Shanda LaRamee-Jones

Shanda LaRamee-Jones and Carol McDougall bring together their backgrounds in education, literacy, children's publishing, and early reading promotion in Baby Steps, a series of board books specifically developed for baby's first years.
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Carol McDougall

Carol McDougall was born in Northern Ontario and has been active in the Nova Scotia writing community for many years. In 2005 she was awarded the Mayor’s Award for cultural achievement in literature and in 2010 she received the Progress Woman of Excellence Award for the Arts. Carol’s work includes writing for children, non-fiction, and fiction. In 2013 Carol received the Beacon Award for Social Justice Literature for Wake the Stone Man, a novel about friendship and forgiveness, which was inspired by her northern roots.

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