The Story of Canada: New Revised Edition
Janet Lunn, Christopher Moore & Alan Daniel
Key Porter, 2007 (2007)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he Story of Canada
, which won
Mr. Christie's Book Award
Information Book Award
, offers a lively presentation of Canadian history by Janet Lunn and historian Christopher Moore, accompanied by Alan Daniels' bright, action- and people-packed illustrations as well as maps, posters, period photographs, and the occasional cartoon.
A Hundred Centuries
Strangers on the Coast
Habitants and Voyageurs
The Great Northwest
Mountains and Oceans
The Flying Years
. The book ends on an overview of
. A two page illustration opens each chapter, stimulating the reader's imagination for what's ahead - the first shows hunters trapping a woolly mammoth at the edge of a glacier. Colored sidebars cover topics such as Alberta
, the underground railroad, Dr. Norman Bethune, and Expo 67.
anadian history begins here with
crossing from Asia in dug-out boats or over a land bridge between continents. After reading about early heroes like Dekanahwideh, we learn about a Norse settlement in Newfoundland, followed by incursions of Europeans (and the
Rats, Weeds, and Viruses
that came with them). A fascinating map of
Travel and Trade up to 1650
shows trade of items from fish oil and wild rice to copper and arrowhead flints. Many stories of individuals humanize the history, and I was fascinated to learn details like the fact that Berlin, Ontario had its name changed to Kitchener during World War I.
hough it's intended for young readers - and would certainly make their required study of Canadian history more palatable - those of us who are older will also find much of interest in this very accessible and engagingly illustrated
Story of Canada
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