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Cora Taylor
Richmond Hill (Ont.), Scholastic Canada, 1992. 135pp, galley, $3.95
ISBN 0-5907-4058-X. CIP

Grades 4 to 6/Age 9 to 11

Reviewed by Margaret Mackey

Volume 20 Number 3
1992 May

When Jeremy's great-grandmother moves, her belongings come to his house. The boxes include a set of albums, one of them devoted to a collection of stamps portraying historic ships. His grandfather collected them as a boy, and when Jeremy looks at one of the stamps through grandad's magnifying glass, he suddenly finds himself on board the ship, an old river boat on the North Saskatchewan River.

Jeremy's adventures on this old boat are resolved satisfactorily and he tries again with another stamp. He finds himself on board a sailing ship travelling into Hudson Bay in 1668.

Normal daily life also continues and Jeremy researches the facts about the ships he "visits" through his magnifying glass. When the magic disappears on his tenth birthday, he has grown as a result of his adventures.

The vivid details of life on the old ships contrasted with Jeremy's ordinary contempo­rary life are the best part of this book. Limiting the time travel to just two ships is less satisfactory and feels artificially con­strained. A single adventure would be satisfying; a group of adventures would add scope and depth; two feels awkward. As a way of bringing Canadian history to life, however, it has considerable merit.

Margaret Mackey, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alta.

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