Children's Literature - Jennifer WaldropCanada, the latest in the "Festivals of the World" series that Marshall Cavendish produces, is an entertaining glimpse of the northern country. Weighing in at only thirty-two pages, the book manages to touch on the geography, the history, the culture, and the highlights of living in Canada. Large font and colorful photographs manage to fill the pages without providing a great deal of information but rather a surface glance at its variety of topics. Overall, it makes Canada look like a wonderful place to live in the winter. The festivals, the games, and the traditions described are enough to make anyone long for snow. The book's only shortcomings are that it would benefit from mentioning more about what there is to do in the summer months and also that it seems too juvenile for its age range. The reading level is ages nine to twelve, but should be more like seven to ten. Anyone older than that age range will be bored by the simplicity of Canada. Reviewer: Jennifer Waldrop
Children's Literature - Beverley FaheyAn overview looks at the geography, history, customs, and culture of the country while there is a close-up section that examines things that are uniquely Canadian-the RCMP, Niagara Falls, the Quebec political situation, maple syrup, and winter carnival. Full color photos, one to a page, complement the well-designed layout. The full color map is very complete and includes Nunavat, the territory returned to the Inuit in April, 1999. With it pronunciation guide of French and Native words, bibliography of books, videos and web sites, and its index, this is an excellent choice to add to any collection. Part of the "Countries of the World" series.
School Library JournalGr 5-8--Compared to a number of other series written for this age level, these titles cover more ground, particularly in the areas of education and politics. Canada is supplemented with generous glossaries of "French & Native" and English words and Mexico with separate Spanish and English vocabularies. Sharp, colorful photographs, one to a page, illustrate the books. Both titles include maps; a quick facts section; and lists of further reading, videos, and Web sites. Informative overviews of the countries and their people.--Cathy Coffman, Sunrise Mountain Library, Peoria, AZ
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