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Volume VII Number 7 . . . . December 1, 2000
FUNNY MONEYBoldly Canadian provides extensive but not comprehensive coverage of the RCMP. Just about everything related to the force is covered in 63 pages - history, uniform, police dogs and horses, training, assignments, Musical Ride, use of technology, famous Mounties and qualification requirements- but none of the topics is covered in depth. (For in-depth information relating to history consult the Canadian Encyclopedia.) The information is made accessible through an index. The author, the daughter of an RCMP officer and children's librarian, has intimate knowledge of her subject and her audience. She has organized her information into six chapters, each starting with a brief scenario that reads like a short story. Historical and current facts are presented in short passages and text boxes accompanied by neutral drawings, once again showing the impact of the "Eyewitness" series. The images vary in size from small sketches to full-page drawings. Captions are not provided. Diagrams, such as a map locating RCMP divisions and a layout of an office, elaborate on the text. Other illustrations assist the reader in interpreting the text as well as enhancing the visual appearance of the book. However, little assistance is needed because the book is written at the appropriate level and in a style that will appeal to young readers.
Joan C. Simpson is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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