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Lemon, James.

Toronto, James Lorimer and National Museum of Man, c1985. 224pp, cloth, $26.95, ISBN 0-88862-738-6. History of Canadian Cities Series. CIP

Grades 7 and up
Reviewed by Louise Dick

Volume 13 Number 5
1985 September

Yes, a browser's snack can also be a student's feast. The National Museum of Man's History of Canadian Cities series, of which this is the sixth, thus far ably fulfills its stated purpose to "provide information on Canadian cities in a visually attractive and highly readable form" which will also yield "a systematic, interpretative and comprehensive account of the urban experience in many Canadian communities."

A professor of geography at the University of Toronto and a specialist in urban development, Lemon stamps this Toronto history with his personal views on urban development and planning. At the same time, his account follows the roughly chronological organization of the series and informs issues raised in previous volumes such as ethnic composition, social strata, and economic development. Anyone with a slight interest in the city's vitality could take pleasure in Toronto Since 1918. Curricular possibilities are myriad, apart from the obvious history and geography connections. There is Baton's 1919 Golden Jubilee with sketches of "gowns all sparkle and glitter." We see varied clothing in street scenes of changing eras and photos depicting poverty in a city of affluence. Here are bank towers and housing projects, neighbourhood renovations and areas crying out for renovation. Can you find comparable examples in your neighbourhood? Throughout there are faces, of immigrants, children rich and poor, tycoons, and labourers. Students could assemble photographs to tell a story of parallel or differing developments in a designated area.

Although informal in style, the text is packed with precise information and footnoted. Archival illustrations, double-spread or facing pages of two-column text carefully captioned but only sketchily identified in "illustration credits." Statistical tables in an appendix are cited in the text. Specific information is readily accessible through an index which includes proper names and topics. The present volume also maintains the high quality in printing, binding, and photo reproduction exhibited by the other books in the series.

Louise Dick, Branksome Hall School, Toronto, Ont.
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