An 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.
Gr 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