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At the Pond

At the Pond

by Werner Zimmermann

ISBN 9781443142878 Hardcover
32 Pages | Ages 3 to 5
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One fish, two fish, three fish, four . . .

Spend a lazy summer day exploring a tiny, perfect slice of nature! Count goldfish as they swim about the tranquil pond. Watch as sunlight moves across the water. Spot a water lily blossoming, frogs and water striders hopping through, a heron flying by.

With a simple text and rich, lifelike paintings, Werner Zimmermann has created a unique and beautiful world for readers of all ages to enjoy!

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  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2019
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Award for Children's Literature - Illustration, 2018
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2018

Rights Sold

  • French (N. Amer.) - Éditions Scholastic

Selling Points

  • More than a counting book, this title includes fascinating details about the natural world.
  • A perfect introduction to mindfulness. Readers can linger on each page to savour the peaceful images.
  • Information about the pond life shown will be included at the back of the book
  • In this unique vision, perspectives shift not by angle but by the hour, as the sun moves across the sky. Children can count the fish and spot other pond dwellers. Parents will appreciate the peacefulness and beauty of the paintings and note details such as the shifting light on the water as the book progresses. A beautiful volume to pore over again and again! The book was inspired by Werner's granddaughter, who was fascinated by his goldfish pond. But this is not a simple counting book – we also see all the flora and fauna of this tiny but remarkable ecosystem change and interact over the course of a single day.


Contact Information

Maral Maclagan, Rights and Contracts Manager | 416-915-3524
604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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