Counting on Snow

Counting on Snow

By Maxwell Newhouse

Tundra Books (NY), Hardcover, 9780887769856, 24pp.

Publication Date: November 23, 2010


Maxwell Newhouse, folk artist extraordinaire, has created a unique counting book. The premise is simple. He invites children to count with him from ten crunching caribou down to one lonely moose, by finding other northern animals - from seals to wolves to snowy owls - as they turn the pages. But as the animals appear, so does the snow, until it's a character too, obliterating light and dark, sky and earth.

A gorgeous exploration of the isolation and the beauty of northern winter, Maxwell Newhouse has created a deceptively simple picture book that can be enjoyed by all ages.

About the Author
Maxwell Newhouse is one of the country's most accomplished folk artists. His work is exhibited in galleries across Canada. He is well known for his paintings of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which are gathered together for the first time in The RCMP Musical Ride. He has illustrated five books for Tundra, including Emily Carr: At the Edge of the World by Jo Ellen Bogart, Laura Secord by Janet Lunn, and, Let's Go for a Ride, which he both wrote and illustrated and was nominated for a Governor General's Award for illustration. He lives in Cultus Lake, British Columbia.

Praise For Counting on Snow

Praise for The House That Max Built:
"Warmly rendered folk-art-style oil paintings show the house coming together over time. Varied perspectives focus on the people as much as on the work they do, reinforcing the importance of teamwork and specialization."
- School Library Journal

"Fresh and informative."
- Booklist