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Claire Mackay
Illustrated by Johnny Wales

Toronto, Annick Press, 1990. 72pp, paper, ISBN 1-55037-135-5 (paper) $19.95, ISBN 1-55037-137-1 (cloth) $29.95. CIP

Grades 7 and up / Ages 12 and up
Reviewed by Adele Ashby.

Volume 19 Number 2
1991 March

Beginning with a prologue that takes us to a spot in North America some 14,000 years ago where receding ice carved out and then filled in the Great Lakes, author Mackay tells the story of Toronto (Huron for "place of meeting"). In seven chapters, she covers periods of the city's development from 1793 to the present. Artist Johnny Wales has provided eight double-page-spread ink and water-colours, with "1900" used again as the front cover. Each shows the same corner where Front and Welling­ton Streets now meet and where the Flatiron building appeared at the turn of the century.

Both Wales and Mackay are Torontonians whose roots in the city reach back over generations, and they clearly show their love of their city. This is chatty social history that makes every effort possible to make connec­tions for today's young people with references to their culture, e.g., to the Kids of Degrassi. It is filled with fascinating and little-known facts, e.g., that E.P. Taylor, who built the suburb of Don Mills, decreed that "nobody could have a blue roof."

Includes time-lines, and index, and an annotated bibliography of fiction and non-fiction for young people.

Adele Ashby, Toronto, Ont.
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