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Neering, Rosemary.

Markham (Ont.), Fitzhenry & Whiteside, c1984. 48pp, paper, $3.95, ISBN 0-88902-610-6. (Canadian Families) CIP

Grades 3-5
Reviewed by Joan Weller

Volume 13 Number 3
1985 May

This book in the Canadian Families series presents a Chinese mother and child living in Ottawa. It is composed of four main narrative episodes-shopping, working, visiting the Parliament Buildings, and an anomalous airplane trip to Vancouver -followed by questions to test comprehension and to arouse interest in related topics. The vocabulary is unimaginative and not easy. The characters are stilted and stereotypical. Thinly-disguised history and geography lessons fail to elicit curiosity. The book's illustrations, comprising drab photographs and amateuristic black-and-white drawings with a pale pink wash and a totally unartistic layout, do nothing to enhance the text. The editors' objectives are far from clearly defined and farther still from being realized.

Joan Weller, Ottawa P.L. Ottawa, Ont.
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