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A Newfoundland Maple by Samantha Baker

About the Book

While on a fishing trip with his grandfather in western Newfoundland, Daniel discovers a maple tree that has stood there for decades. What he doesn’t realize is just how important it is to the local wildlife.

Squirrels, moose, beavers, birds, and more rely on the tree for food and shelter. Throughout the pages of this delightful book, find out which creatures visit across the four seasons and learn how just one tree can make a difference.


Samantha Baker author photo(1)

About the Author

Samantha Baker grew up with a great love for the arts and has always enjoyed singing, playing the piano, drawing, and, most of all, writing. She studied linguistics and psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2013. Upon graduating, she received the Michael Staveley Award for maintaining Dean’s List status every year of her program. Samantha later returned to Memorial University, where she completed her Bachelor of Education in 2016. She has since worked as a substitute teacher and as an adult basic education instructor at Keyin College, where she primarily taught English language arts. Today she works with The Rooms as part of the Programming and Public Engagement division. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, cooking, taking walks around local parks, and spending time with her loved ones.

Dawn Baker illustrator

About the Illustrator

Dawn Baker has been a visual artist and children’s writer since 1992.

A graduate of Memorial University with a Bachelor of Education and a certificate in library studies, she has served on the board of directors of The Rooms from 2006 to 2019.

In 2015, Dawn served as a juror for the Governor General’s Literary Awards and toured Ontario as part of TD Canadian Children’s Book Week.

Copies of the book can be ordered on-line at


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  • […] East Coast Curator showcased a new children’s illustrated book entitled A Newfoundland Maple. Written by Samantha Baker and illustrated by Dawn Baker, the book, published by Flanker Press, delightfully captures the story of a boy and his grandfather discovering a maple tree on a fishing trip and realizing just how just one tree can make a difference. You can read more at EastCoastCurator.com […]


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