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Kalman, Bobbie.

Toronto, Crabtree Publishing, c1983. 64pp, paperbound boards, ISBN 0-86505-029-5 (paperbound boards) $12.40, 0-86505-028-7 (paper) $7.95. (Early Settler Life series) CIP

Grades 4-6
Reviewed by Margaret Marsh

Volume 13 Number 5
1985 September

Another in the Early Settler Life series, Early City Life takes the student beyond the oft-held stereotypical idea of life in earlier times as consisting of pioneering adventures into unknown or unclaimed territory. While many early settlers were pioneers, many, in the true sense of the word, were not.

The author first defines a city and explores the reasons why cities grew. Early in the book, Kalman lists the needs of cities: people, leadership, protection, services, food and shelter, education, culture, transportation, communication, occupations, business and commerce, and leisure. Throughout the profusely-illustrated (with black-and-white photographs and drawings) text, the author explores these needs of the city. Although the time frame covers from between the mid-1700s to the late nineteenth century, the emphasis is on the human aspect of the process of settlement, and thus the information is applicable to different times and places. The glossary and extensive index bring order to the rather random arrangement of the information contained in the text.

Margaret Marsh, Waterloo County P.S. Board, Kitchener, Ont.
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