________________ CM . . . . Volume VIII Number 6. . . . November 16, 2001

cover Writers. (Great Canadians).

Janice Parker.

Calgary, AB: Weigl (Distributed by Saunders Book Co., P.O, Box 308, Collingwood, ON, L9Y 3Z7), 2000.
48 pp., cloth, $24.95.
ISBN 1-896990-90-8.

Subject Headings:
Authors, Canadian-Biography-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-9 / Ages 10-14.

Review by Meredith MacKeen.

*** /4

excerpt:

Canada's best known children's storyteller was actually born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Bob [Munsch] came from a very large family - he was the fourth of nine children. Bob was very intelligent, but he hated school. He could not spell, disliked math and did not like to work in groups. Teachers noticed that Bob would rarely pay attention during class. He spent most of his time in school daydreaming.

Part of the series, "Great Canadians," Writers contains six page biographies of a half dozen well known Canadian contemporary writers and an introduction to 13 others. The longer biographies are: Margaret Atwood, Farley Mowat, Alice Munro, Robert Munsch, Mordecai Richler, and Carol Shields. Information about these individuals is presented in a variety of ways including information boxes, photos with captions, quick notes and lists. As with other books in the series, the information provides insights into the personalities and interests of the person and uses headings such as "Early years," "Developing skills," and "Accomplishments." The presentation focuses on the authors' writing careers, makes only brief references to their personal life and mentions but a few of their books. Students in grades 5 to 9 interested in author studies will find this book useful and can access the details by making use of a table of contents, index, glossary and list of suggested reading. No mention is made of websites. As this is the first book on Canadian authors directed at this audience age in recent years, it will be a welcome addition to libraries needing books containing current photos and popular background information about Canadian authors.

Recommended.

Meredith MacKeen is a teacher-librarian at Glen Stewart Elementary School in Stratford, P.E.I.

To comment on this title or this review, send mail to cm@umanitoba.ca.

Copyright the Manitoba Library Association. Reproduction for personal use is permitted only if this copyright notice is maintained. Any other reproduction is prohibited without permission.

Published by
The Manitoba Library Association
ISSN 1201-9364

NEXT REVIEW |TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THIS ISSUE - November 16, 2001.

AUTHORS | TITLES | MEDIA REVIEWS | PROFILES | BACK ISSUES | SEARCH | CMARCHIVE | HOME