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Cameron, Jim
Burnstown (Ont.), General Store Publishing, 1991. 246pp, paper, $19.95, ISBN 0-919431-51-8. CIP

Grades 7 and up/Ages 12 and up

Reviewed by Marsha Kaiserman

Volume 20 Number 4
1992 September

Did you know that it was only in 1975 that the beaver was declared our national animal? Did you know that the first Canadian postage stamp was known as the "Three-penny Beaver," or that the beaver is the second-largest rodent in the world, second to the South American capybara?

These are some of the facts that Jim Cameron has included in The Canadian Beaver Book. In addition to the beaver facts, fiction and fantasy, Cameron has collected a wealth of beaver trademarks, family crests and memorabilia, all of which shows the importance of the beaver in our history and lives. While we have come to accept the importance of the beaver in the development of Canada, we still do not realize its importance on our daily lives.

Given the large amount of information, it is inevitable that some errors would creep in. Fortunately, aside from some ragged indentation, there is only one serious problem. Part of John Norris' (age six) story of why the beaver has a broad tale is missing. Nevertheless, this is the sort of book that beaverphiles will be pleased to add to their beaverabilia or, better yet, to include in their beaver files.


Marsha Kaiserman is a conference cataloguer at Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information in Ottawa, Ontario.

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