CM . . .
. Volume XII Number 21 . . . . June 23, 2006
Part of the “Canadian Geographic Kids” series, the book is organized into three main chapters. The first chapter features Canada's best known animals- polar bears, beavers, moose- as well as those that are on the endangered and threatened lists. There are questions about animal behaviour, record holders (largest, smallest, fastest), and dinosaurs specific to Canada. Geography is the main topic in the second section, highlighting landforms, bodies of water, weather, icebergs and trees, along with information about provincial boundaries, transportation and distances across Canada. The third section covers the Canadian lifestyle- languages, history and habits. Here, readers will also learn about unusual place names, the flag, the Hudson's Bay Company, Aboriginal peoples and foods such as maple syrup, Saskatoon berries and chokecherries.
The book's question-and-answer format naturally breaks the text into manageable chunks for readers. Bowers responds to the questions in kid-friendly language, sharing her readers' curiosity and injecting the text with her energy, enthusiasm and sense of humour. Abundant photographs, drawings, graphs and sidebars (but only one map) contribute to the book's attractive collage-style layout. Vivien and Morton make frequent appearances throughout the book, adding further appeal. A table of contents and an index are provided.
Bowers, author of several titles about this country, including titles in the highly successful Wow Canada! series, has another hit with this one!
Gail Hamilton is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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