The Story of Canada Paperback – Dec 27 2007
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Winner of the Mr. Christie's Book Award and the Information Book Award, The Story of Canada is a lively look at Canada's past written by one of our finest writers of historical fiction, Janet Lunn, and historian and writer Christopher Moore, co-author of The Illustrated History of Canada. It takes readers from prehistory and the supposition that the first Canadians crossed the Bering Strait to the Canada of today, using folklore, mythology, folk songs, and anecdotes to make the past come to life. The book is enhanced from start to finish by the dramatic illustrations created by award-winning artist Alan Daniels as well as by period photographs, maps, posters, and cartoons. One of the strengths of The Story of Canada is that Lunn and Moore recognize from the start that they can't possibly tell the whole story, but can only touch on the most important bits and pieces that make up the history of the country. But in doing so they don't just focus on the famous history makers, but make clear that history is also made by the people whose deeds don't go down in history. They've made sure to include information about First Peoples, Canada's immigrant populations, and women, and have tried to give a sense of what life was like in different parts of the country over the last 400 years. Who says Canadian history is dull and boring? Obviously, someone who hasn't read The Story of Canada! (Ages 10 to 16) --Jeffrey Canton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Publisher
The most successful children's book ever published in Canada has been updated and is now available in a magnificent new paperback edition. The Story of Canada won the Mr. Christie Book Award for Text - Ages 9 to 14, the IODE Book Award - Toronto Chapter, the Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award, and the Ottawa Valley Council International Reading Association Children's Book Award. The hardcover edition is now in its third printing and has sold over 70,000 copies. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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I really like the content of this book--the information is broken up into sections short enough that kids don't get overwhelmed, but it is still written like a story, and well written too. The main text is sprinkled with interesting sidebars detailing various aspects of Canada's history--for example, in the section describing the beginnings of the fur trade, there is a box of information detailing how beaver hairs were used to make felt hats in Europe, with drawings of the types of hats that were made with it.
Coloured illustrations, maps and photographs abound in this book, which really make the history come alive.
In all, it's a wonderful book to share with your kids, except that the quality of this particular edition is sadly lacking. The cover is very thin and floppy. Our book got a bit of water spilled on the cover, and it quickly soaked right through so that the first third of the book is now wrinkled and water damaged. In a large reference book such as this I would expect to see a much thicker and better quality cover that would not be damaged so quickly and easily.
I do highly recommend the book, but if you do buy it you would do well to find it in hardcover.