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Rosemary Neering
Richmond Hill (Ont.), Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1992.64pp, paper, $7.95
ISBN 0-88902-214-3. (The Canadians). CIP

Grades 7 to 10/ Ages 12 to 15

Reviewed by Gerri Young.

Volume 21 Number 4
1993 September

The content of this 1992 edition is exactly the same as the first (1977) edition, except for the addition of a valuable epilogue. (One small photo of Riel's cousin, Charles Nolin, is not in the new edition.)

Rosemary Neering has written many Canadian history books for students in which she makes the facts easily accessible for the young reader. This biography of Louis Riel is another of her useful contributions, short but to the point. Seemingly, Riel was "more sinned against than sinning," and the author takes us from idealist to traitor to hero.

The epilogue quickly discusses the arguments that followed for years about whether or not Riel was a martyr or traitor, culminating in the March 11, 1992, House of Commons recognition of Louis Riel's "unique and historic role as a founder of Manitoba and his contribution in the development of Confederation."

Louis Riel's story is also well covered in Keith Wilson's Red River Settlement, Desmond Morton's Rebellions in Canada (Grolier, 1979), Janet Lunn and Christopher Moore's Story of Canada, Frank W. Anderson's Riel Rebellion 1885 (Frontier Book no. 3,1968), and Jan Truss's Very Small Rebellion (]M. LeBel, 1977). However, none of them have the informative little epilogue that Neering's new edition contains, and this is necessary information for today's students. A good addition to children's Canadian history studies.

Gerri Young works in the library at R.L. Angus Elementary School in Fort Nelson, British Columbia.
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