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Stan Talesnick.

Scarborough (Ont.), Consolidated Amethyst Communications, c1982.
111pp, paper, $5.95.
ISBN 0-920474-17-9.

Grades 7 and up.
Reviewed by Al Norman.

Volume 11 Number 3.
1983 May.

This paperback book can be used in school or public libraries (junior high and up) and is a good resource guide for the intermediate skier or the beginner who has taken some preliminary instruction first. The explanations and diagrams are adequate, but their combined effect as an instructional aid is almost totally lost to the beginner. If there were a number or letter sequence that linked the instructions with a specific diagram for clarification, then the book would be a much more useful resource. Also, it seems that the sequence of the book's format is not in the best interest of a beginner. The section on "Equipment—What's the difference?" is located after the previous sections on technique. Skiers would probably like to know a little more about their equipment before they take to the trails.

Safety is always of paramount importance for the outdoor recreationalists, but completely overlooked is an explanation of hypothermia, its symptoms and prevention. An understanding of windchill charts should also be a part of this book.

My overall assessment of this inexpensive guide is that it -has some good, general information in a poor format. It overlooks some key aspects that a book promoting outdoor recreation activities must address, so that the safe interaction of the recreationalist with the natural environ- ment will result.

Al Norman, Harrison Trimble H. S., Moncton, NB.
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