Hey Canada! (Hardback)
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Short Description for Hey Canada! "Nine-year-old Alice takes a camping road trip across Canada with Gran and her cousin Cal. Starting in Newfoundland and traveling through every province and territory, the trio records their amazing journey through blogs, poems, tweets, and songs as they discover Canada's fascinating history, founders, landmarks, nature, and geography."--P.  of cover.
- Published: 21 June 2012
- Format: Hardback 74 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781770492554 ISBN 10: 1770492550
- Sales rank: 1,179,741
Reviews for Hey Canada!
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Take a Canadian Road Trip
Reason for Reading: Always on the lookout for good books about Canadian geography. There are plenty around these days, but not many I'd label much better than just OK. This book's format and artwork attracted me.
I've read several children's Canadian geography books and while they get the job done, dull is usually the optimum word. Either that, or they become pages of factoids with no narrative to carry the book. Bowers' "Hey Canada!" manages to avoid these pitfalls and brings to elementary children and interesting, entertaining and educational tour of our country province by province. Divided into chapters which each are devoted to a province or territory, the story is told in a narrative from the girl, Alice's point of view. She is purportedly recording all this on a blog of their adventure. Her cousin Cal, who is younger than her, but also the brainy one, will come up with interesting factoids to Tweet as he is the official Twitter poster of the group. In this way the journey across each province is told in a fictional story of the family, with humour, Gran is a fun young grandmother and they've got their pet hamster traveling with them by supposed accident.
As the story is told the facts are presented about each province and area concentrating on all things a tourist would like to know about: the wildlife, the land, the history, the peoples, the customs and specifics unusual to each area. Some provinces are given more page space than others; of course Ontario has the most pages devoted to it and Saskatchewan is lucky to get three but I think a fair shake has been given to all the p's and t's outside of over-represented Ontario and Quebec. Plenty of interesting, positive information has been given leaving the reader with a sense of wanting to really visit these places. While the main characters are 8 and 9, I think the book will hold the interest across the elementary grades of 1-6, certainly as an introduction to Canada as a whole and the provinces/territories singularly. I'd recommend this as a quick brush through the topic or as a starting point, using other books to branch out into deeper study. The most entertaining Canadian geography book out there at the moment, that I've seen. by Nicola Mansfield