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What better way for a young reader to truly understand another time than to get an intimate look at the daily life of another child? In On a Canadian Day Rona Arato introduces nine engaging children, using their stories to place young readers perfectly in nine pivotal moments in history. The book begins with the story of an Aboriginal boy on the Great Plains in 1680 as he prepares for his first buffalo hunt. From there, readers learn about a pioneer girl’s day sugaring off, a boy's journey fleeing to Canada via the Underground Railroad, and more. Following each story is a photo essay that explores the era through archival images from the period. Together, the stories and essays present young readers with unparalleled snapshots of life in other places and times.
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RONA ARATO, a former teacher, is an award-winning children’s author with a strong interest in the field of human rights. From 1994 to 1998, she was an interviewer for Survivors of the Shoah, a Steven Spielberg project that recorded the histories of Holocaust survivors. She is the author of Courage and Compassion and the On a Day Story Voyages series, among others. She lives in Toronto.
PETER FERGUSON has been illustrating books for nine years. His art appears on the covers of many children’s books including The Sisters Grimm series. Originally from Montreal, he lives with his wife in Tokyo, Japan.
This anthology of historical short stories would make excellent read-aloud material for Social Studies lessons or an interesting book to put into the hands of young history buffs...The author skillfully weaves a wealth of historical information into each story, painting a detailed picture of daily life and the social context of the time.
The information about each time period will appeal to young readers as the stories give the sense of a real child living a much different life than that of most modern children. Recommended.
On a Canadian Day is a wonderful assortment of pre-adolescent's life experiences that are vividly described and illustrated in this authentically framed and researched collection.
The diversity and time span these stories cover paints an interesting portrait of Canadian history.
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Book Description Owlkids. Paperback. Condition: New. New, unread, and unused. Seller Inventory # ABS-1259-1117
Book Description Owlkids Books, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1897349513