________________ CM . . . . Volume XIV Number 10 . . . . January 11, 2008


F is for Fiddlehead: A New Brunswick Alphabet.

Marilyn Lohnes. Illustrated by Susan Tooke.
Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press (Distributed in Canada by H.B. Fenn and Company), 2007.
40 pp., hardcover, $23.95.
ISBN 978-1-58536-318-6.

Subject Headings:
New Brunswick-Juvenile literature.
English language-Alphabet-Juvenile literature.
Alphabet books-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

**** /4


Hopewell Rocks are known as one of the marine wonders of the world. Fundy’s mighty tides wash these shores twice daily, and sculpt the cliffs at Hopewell Cape into strange, rocky shapes that resemble giant flowerpots. These are transformed into little islands during high tide. Thousands of tourists come to visit the famous “flowerpot rocks” to experience the beauty and power of the Fundy tides. The 41 kilometre Fundy trail in St. Martins is another great place to explore the awesome rock carvings made by the tide.  (Excerpt taken from the letter T page)


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Alphabet books of this type have grown in popularity in recent years. Most are good, but often the poetry portion is poorly executed with “off rhymes” being way off and the rhythm patterns jarring. Some authors struggle to find a suitable word related to the topic for each letter of the alphabet. Such is not the case here. In fact, this is one of the best books this reviewer has seen of this particular “genre.” Lohnes has managed to create a very inviting volume which highlights the history, geography, landmarks, tourist attractions, primary and secondary industries, food, customs, people, culture, and the plants and animals of this tiny province. Throughout the book, her pride in being a New Brunswick resident is evident. Each new topic is introduced by means of a four-line poem superimposed on an illustration while expository text in a sidebar provides pertinent information about the topic. Even though space is limited, Lohnes encapsulates each subject succinctly. Readers will learn about the NHL’s first black player, Canada’s oldest candy company (Ganong Bros.), and the world’s largest covered bridge, just to name a few. Tooke’s beautiful, bright illustrations add life and vibrancy to the text.
     Despite its picture-book style, this title has plenty to offer in the way of information. A “Coast to Capital” quiz, with answers provided, can be found at the back of the book.
     Well worthy of purchase!

Highly Recommended.

Gail Hamilton is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.

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