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. Volume XXIII Number 5. . . .October 7, 2016
Leading up to Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, this timely book examines one milestone event for every year since Confederation. Canada Year by Year is divided into 10 chapters, and the information is arranged in chronological order. A wide variety of topics, some well-known and others not, include politics, sports, literature, music, cinema, art, education, inventions, medicine, philanthropy, Nobel Prize winners, Canadian “firsts”, and conflicts fought both on Canadian soil and on the world front. These topics range from the serious, such as the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, to light, human interest stories, such as the birth of the Dionne quintuplets in 1934. MacLeod explains the facts in kid-friendly language, but she does not avoid controversial subjects, such as women’s rights, residential schools and Quebec’s separatist movement. She presents these subjects matter-of-factly, fairly, and without bias. Sidebars, quotes, trivia, mini-biographies and timelines round out the text, while an additional section at the back of the book highlights 39 more “great Canadians” who merit inclusion in the book but, perhaps, did not quite fit into any of the annual “milestones” featured. Some examples are architect Arthur Erickson, astronaut Chris Hadfield and Inuit artist Pitseolak Ashoona. The illustrations appear to be rendered in watercolour and ink and complement the text very nicely. A table of contents and an index are provided.
Gail Hamilton is a former teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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