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Rosemary Neering

Markham (ON), Fitzhenry & Whiteside, c1984.
63pp, paper, $4.25.
ISBN 0-88902-189-9.

Grades 6 and up.

Reviewed by John D. Crawford.

Volume 12 Number 6
1984 November

This is the most recent addition to the well-regarded Growth of a Nation series, which has provided a number of fine books for use in schools across the country. A feature that all of the books of this series have in common is that they are straightforward. The events are allowed to unfold chronologically and, through the use of telling photographs, provide the reader with a simple yet clear picture of the period.

The English language has its share of euphemisms but still retains a vocabulary that has many strikingly appropriate words. Such a word is "Depression." The Depression of the 1930s was a horrendous affair that sapped the spirit of the country, and it is a sad reflection of the period to consider that in this well-illustrated book the happiest face belongs to a soldier leaving the country to go on active service in the Second World War. The author has captured the malaise that Canada experienced and, through a number of anecdotes, shows how the Depression affected individual Canadians. Material is included that encourages the reader to make comparisons between circumstances pertaining during the Depression and those that exist today.

This book has a number of interesting features. These include a crossword comprising words used in the text, a glossary, and a number of questions for students. The text is well-written and supported by a fine selection of photographs. The Depression can be recommended for purchase by schools who wish to study this engrossing subject.

John D. Crawford, Frank Hobbs E. S., Victoria, BC.
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