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Mindful mice

TV’s adorable gumbootwearing critters get their own picture-book series

When Firely Books editorial director Steve Cameron watched CBC’s Scout & t he G umboot K ids, het hought, “It’s Wes Anderson–level stop-motion animation meets really great nature facts.” So when the publishing house was approached to turn the preschool show into a picture-book series, Cameron knew it was a natural it with Firely’s focus on science, nature, and natural history. “The show lends itself really well to storybook format,” says Eric Hogan, who created the awardwinning TV program with his wife, Tara Hungerford. I n e ach b ook, the series’ mindfulness-focused mouse characters – Scout and Daisy – solve a nature mystery. “Their miniature world looks b eautiful put on the page,” s ays Hogan. “I t i nvites e xploration.”

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