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Toronto, Key Porter Books, c1983.
160pp, cloth, $29.95.
ISBN 0-919493-17-3.

Grades 10 and up.

Reviewed by Michael Freeman.

Volume 12 Number 6
1984 November

Recipe for a Canadian coffee-table tome: mix small doses of well-known authors, Atwood, Davies, Findley, et al. Intersperse with layers of full-colour photographs representative of Ontario in its most brilliant plumage. String together with tenuous themes. Serve in an oversize format too large for any library shelf.

The presentation in this handsome volume reminds one of the sound-and-light shows featured at many historical landmarks, momentarily interesting, unfailingly attractive, and immediately forgettable. The remembrances of the days of childhoods past will evoke nostalgic emotions among native Ontarians: class trips to the ROM, mighty steamers on the Great Lakes, smokestacks surrounding Hamilton harbour. Unfortunately, the anonymous editors make no attempt to tie the stories and photographs into a coherent whole. Thus, the book's usefulness as a reference tool is severely limited, particularly for new Canadians. Its appeal then is only to those who have shared the heritage of the Bicentennial. In summary, a pretty piece of trivia.

Michael Freeman, Bathurst Heights S. S., North York, ON.
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