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. Volume XXI Number 39 . . . . June 12, 2015
The books of the “Examining Canadian Energy” series included in this review help piece together the complicated landscape of power generation past, present, and future. Hypothetical narratives, centred on the dealings of young environmentally conscious students, drive the text forward. Each of these scenarios whisks readers away to locales across the globe in search of scientists, educators, engineers, and CEOs who are tasked to impart their own special brand of energy expertise.
Although the subject matter is complex, the explanations put forward are easy to follow given the uncomplicated age-specific prose utilized throughout. The comprehension of critical themes and concepts is aided by the use of numerous examples and analogies (see excerpt). Narrative cohesion (i.e., style and tone) across all books is maintained, despite the fact that writing duties are shared among four different authors. Overall, the series is expertly executed, although, perhaps a bit mechanical in its approach. The repetitive nature of the format may prove too tedious for students charged with reading the series in rapid succession.
Nevertheless, the “Examining Canadian Energy” series is ideally suited to guide classroom lessons or, alternatively, it’s a valuable resource for use as a primer for older grades looking for context. Learning along these lines is supported with a glossary of relevant terms, an activity page, and a bibliography of books and weblinks to encourage further reading. Each book also concludes with a chapter devoted to reviewing critical points of discussion which promote critical thinking.
The lone caveat: throughout the entire eight book series, the notion of conservation is rarely entertained, which is potentially problematic given its importance in any meaningful discussion of building a sustainable energy future for Canada. Realistically, an entire book could have been devoted to the subject of energy conservation.
Andrew Laudicina, a MLIS graduate from the University of Western Ontario in London, currently resides in Windsor, ON.
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