Coming to Canada: Buildling a Life in a New Land (Wow Canada Book Series)

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From the first Stone Age "immigrants" to more recent arrivals, people have been coming to Canada for millennia by every means possible — foot, boat, car, train, and airplane. This lavishly illustrated and richly detailed look at the fascinating history of multiculturalism in Canada collects the compelling stories of these pioneers. In the spirited and always thorough text that her readers have come to expect, Susan Hughes tells Canada’s special story by focusing on the country’s major ethnic groups and waves of ...

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Overview

From the first Stone Age "immigrants" to more recent arrivals, people have been coming to Canada for millennia by every means possible — foot, boat, car, train, and airplane. This lavishly illustrated and richly detailed look at the fascinating history of multiculturalism in Canada collects the compelling stories of these pioneers. In the spirited and always thorough text that her readers have come to expect, Susan Hughes tells Canada’s special story by focusing on the country’s major ethnic groups and waves of immigration. Interspersed throughout the chronologically arranged stories are "spotlight" spreads that explore special historical events, neighborhoods, and individuals. A wealth of compelling archival photographs, artwork, rare memorabilia, documents, posters, tickets, craftwork, recipes, tools, clothing, and toys show how diverse groups helped shape a people and a country.

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Editorial Reviews

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Aimed at a younger audience, this book provides a brief look at some of the many different immigrant groups that have made their way to Canada throughout its history. After a passing nod to the Native nations, the author discusses the founding peoples of Canada, the French and the English, focusing on the Acadians, the Filles du Roi, the Loyalists, and the black American slaves each in turn. As time wore on, immigrants from China made their way to Canada to work on the national railway that was under construction, and Icelanders, Ukrainians, and Italians were among those who sought to create better lives for themselves in Canada. Hughes also points out that Canada has not always welcomed immigrants with open arms, and she provides numerous examples of their mistreatment and exploitation. From the beginning of the book, she emphasizes that at present, Canada consists of people who have come from every country in the world, and the nation has been shaped in large measure by all of them. An interesting and informative glimpse into Canada's multicultural makeup, this book would be very useful in a classroom library and would likely circulate well in many public libraries. Although the information it provides is quite basic, it gives enough of an overview to generate interest and perhaps encourage further reading on the topic. The book is attractively designed with plenty of photos and illustrations to engage readers, and a helpful list of further resources. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2005, Maple Tree Press, 112p.; Index. Illus. Photos. Further Reading. Chronology., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 14.
—Lisa Doucet
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Another fabulous offering in this series. The child-friendly approach of this comprehensive and informative look at how and why people went to Canada makes this nation's immigration history come alive. From the Stone Age right up to the beginning of the 21st century, each ethnic group's struggles and successes are given ample coverage. Hughes showcases the country's appeal to immigrants but also describes the nation's inhospitable and/or cruel treatment of some of its newcomers, including the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II, government exclusion policies, and the plight of blacks who escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad. The lively text is well supported by an abundance of color and black-and-white photographs. "Spotlight" sections, focusing on the personal stories of people from a variety of ethnic groups, are used effectively and a three-page illustrated time line is included. While there is a satellite map indicating the many locations immigrants have come from, there is no map of the country itself. This appealing book stands above others in its genre and is a must-buy for all Canadian libraries.-Robyn Walker, Elgin Court Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897066461
  • Publisher: Owlkids Books
  • Publication date: 9/9/2005
  • Series: Wow Canada Book Series
  • Pages: 111
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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