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Canada Year by Year Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 3–7—This primer on Canadian history is informative and accessible. A significant event for each year is highlighted, starting with the country's founding in 1867 and ending with its upcoming 150th birthday celebrations in 2017. A wide range of subjects and topics are covered, including the first passenger train, Frederick Banting's Nobel Prize, and the first female prime minister. Dark chapters in Canadian history are also forthrightly acknowledged and discussed, such as the wrongs committed against Chinese railway workers and indigenous peoples. The layout and design are very appealing, with sidebars, trivia, and quotes sprinkled throughout. Smith's charming watercolor illustrations vividly capture the people, places, and events. This valuable collection is rounded out with 39 thumbnail biographies of "Great Canadians" in the fields of art, politics, peacekeeping, science, and sports. VERDICT An excellent overview of Canadian history and culture, perfect for browsing or for research.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ont., Canada
... this book will be a hit with historians and trivia buffs alike.―Resource Links
With such rich information complemented by its appealing visuals, children, adults, residents of Canada --- old and new --- and non-residents, will each find Canada's unique story engaging.―Canadian Children's Book News
Interesting, educational and entertaining, Canada Year by Year has a place in every public school and library.―CM Magazine
Both revelatory and entertaining ...―Kirkus Reviews
An excellent overview of Canadian history and culture, perfect for browsing or for research.―School Library Journal
... this colorful book will be a useful addition to libraries on both sides of the border.―Booklist
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The book has 10 chapters for distinct eras. Every year gets a paragraph of notable events or history. Topics include everything from politics to sports and culture. The famous Canadians that aren't featured in the book get mentioned in an appendix at the end.
Starting with the birth of the country on July 1st, 1867, we learn about the fathers of confederation, the Fenian raids, British home children, women's rights, indigenous people's rights, the fight for English or French to be the main language. We learn about the invention of basketball, the telephone, the Canadarm, and indoor hockey. We learn about the contributions of Canadian armed forces in the world wars and more recently in Afghanistan.
Every year can't be covered in such a concise manner, but the breadth of things covered is impressive. As someone who lives in the US, I'm not as familiar with Canadian history, so I learned quite a few things. Controversial topics are not shied away from, and are covered and presented pretty neutrally. It's funny that the last entry is for 2017, as I read this in 2016, and it's also written in the past tense, but I assume that's for future readers. The illustrations and layout of this book are great. The pages are broken up in interesting ways and there are trivia facts and quotes along with the caricature style of illustration.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Kids Can Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.