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Dave Margoshes
Toronto, Grolier, 1992. 128pp, cloth, $27.99,
IBN 0-7172-2718-9. Distributed by Nelson Canada. CIP

Subject Heading:
Saskatchewan-Juvenile literature.

Grades 6 and up / Ages 11 and up

Reviewed by Irene Gordon

Volume 22 Number 3
1994 May / June

This beautifully illustrated and well organized book is introduced by chapters on the natural history and the people of the province. Chapters 4 to 7 detail the history of Saskatchewan from its original Native inhabitants to the present. Chapter 8 describes its system of government (perhaps in more detail than is necessary for readers familiar with the Canadian political system). Chapter 9 discusses its economy and chapter 10 arts and recreation. The final chapter (11, on geography) might better have been combined with chapter 2 on natural history. Also, while the province has been divided into five geographical zones, the zones a re not marked on the accompanying map, making it a bit difficult to follow the description of Saskatchewan's geography.

The final part of the book includes excellent appendices, which summarize the main facts about the province and give brief sketches of well-known Saskatchewan residents and former residents. The book is fully indexed but has no bibliography. A minor criticism is that the abundant use of recent statistics will date the book more quickly than if the statistics had been limited to the appendices.

While the format of the book makes it suitable for students aged eleven and up,the reading level is so high (grade 12) that many younger students will be limited to using the appendices and the illustrations and their captions as sources of information.


Irene Gordon is a teacher-librarian at Westdale Junior High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba

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