“Gran has decided that she is taking nine-year-old Alice and eight-year-old Cal on a road trip across Canada “before she’s old and creaky.” With a sparkling combination of poems, silly songs, tweets and blogs, the trio records the trip for readers everywhere to share. Starting in St. John’s Newfoundland, where they have a “find-it” list that includes a moose and an iceberg and going all the way to the Pacific Ocean, the gang in Hey Canada! offers a delightful way to learn about vast, varied, and surprising Canada.
The book combines narrative, poems, photos, comics about historical events such as the battle at Fortress Louisburg, maps (including provincial flags, birds, and flowers), in a lively, easily accessible format. Not only great fun to read, this is a valuable resource for young Canadians and for visitors across the country.”
i really enjoyed this informative book, although it is written for the preteen reader. It is definitely a fun read, and the parents and children will learn things about Canada that they didn’t know before (as I did, and I grew up and live in Canada!)It is great how it starts in Newfoundland and sort of follows the one main highway – The Trans Canada Highway through the provinces to British Columbia with such delightful stops along the way. The pictures were super for the 7 – 12 year-old, eye catching and enlightening. The short games and searches were delightful.
I would recommend that this becomes a part of the curriculum in the Canadian Schools, and that each elementary library in the U.S.A. would have a couple of copies available.
The only dilemma i faced was, do i give this book to friends living in the U.S.A so they can learn more about Canada than they seem to in their schools, or to Canadian friends so they can have a fun read and learn more about their own country?