Examines the geography, history, government, economy, and culture of Canada
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Grade 5-9-This book seems to have been written more for potential travelers than for reports. The introduction fairly sums up Canadians' feelings about being distinctive in North America, a refreshing change from most books about the country written for a foreign audience. Pang surveys the history and some contemporary issues, including Native self-government, immigration, and Quebec nationalism. The sections on culture and languages are informative, but the section on the arts is by far the best, covering an often-neglected but integral component of Canadian identity. Boxed topics include a variety of profiles from "Milestones for Canadian women" to "Trade union history." The numerous full-color photographs provide interesting information as well, but in many cases they do not relate to the text. Instead of placing the map with the section on geography, it's at the back of the book with the index. Also, the places are hard to locate on such a broad scale (B3, for example, covers two entire provinces). The glossary is virtually useless: there are only 14 words, including a few Native and historical terms. The "Quick Notes" section is also flawed because it does not separate provinces and territories; the currency exchange rate is not explained; and only five political leaders are listed, in alphabetical rather than chronological order. The best sources for reports are Canada: A Portrait, published annually by the Communications Division of Statistics Canada and the Canadian Junior Encyclopedia (Hurtif, 1990).
Lucinda Lockwood, Thomas Haney Secondary School, Maple Ridge, BC
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Benchmark Books (NY), 1996. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. 2. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1854355791