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. Volume XV Number 2 . . . . September 12, 2008
Troy Townsin and illustrator Jennifer Harrington have created an endearing Canadian adaptation of the ubiquitous Twelve Days of Christmas. There are profuse variations of the classic verses, and perhaps the Australian-born author recalled the Australian variation of the poem which begins:
The illustrations of Canada's iconic symbols, mounties, beavers, totem poles and, of course, hockey sticks are colorful and delightful in their simplicity.
Teachers will only be limited by their imaginations in how to incorporate the story into their early years' classrooms: to foster ideas about Canada and its symbols, as a template for creating the class's own multicultural version, beginning numeracy, art projects or school assemblies to name but a few.
Ian Stewart is an early years literacy support teacher at David Livingstone School in Winnipeg, MB.
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