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Lyn Cook. Illustrated by Thoreau MacDonald.
Waterloo, ON: Penumbra Press, 1990.
60pp., paper, $8.95.
ISBN 0-921254-24-5. CIP.

Subject Headings:
English language-Alphabet-Juvenile poetry.
Canada-History-Juvenile poetry.
Children's poetry, Canadian (English).

Kindergarten-grade 3 / Ages 5-8

Reviewed by Rebecca Raven.

Volume 19 Number 4
1991 September

Just when you think you have seen every possible variation on the theme of alphabet books, a new one comes along that is fresh and exciting. Lyn Cook's A Canadian ABC is just such a book. Cook has composed verse to accompany Thoreau MacDonald's illustrations, which originally appeared in 1931 in A Canadian Child's ABC.

A publisher's introduction explains that two sets of Cook's verse are included: the first, quatrains with overt rhymes; the second, free verse with internal rhymes and varying rhythmic patterns. In both cases, Cook's work is the perfect complement to MacDonald's black-and-white drawings, with words and pictures combining to create a wonderful mood and spirit of Canadian history.

As well as being a beautiful alphabet book, A Canadian ABC would be enjoyed by students of Canadian history, creative writing or art history. I highly recommend this title for all age groups.

Rebecca Raven, Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton, ON.
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