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Paulette Bourgeois
Illustrated by Kim LaFave Toronto, Kids Can Press, 1992. 32pp, cloth, $11.95
ISBN 1-55074-060-1. (In My Neighbourhood series). CIP

Subject Heading:
Police-Canada-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 3-7

Reviewed by Gillian Martin

Volume 20 Number 6
1992 November

Canadian Police Officers is one of two new additions to the "In My Neighbourhood" series about members of every Canadian community. It is filled with information about Canadian police officers as well as the Canadian legal system, which Bourgeois has made easily accessible to the young child. LaFave's illustrations add to the presentation of this information and are particularly noteworthy because of the positive presence of female role models in the legal profession (including a female judge).

The book, however, does have an organizational problem. The work is divided into three parts--a short story about how a young girl helps police find stolen bicycles; an explanation of the various jobs police do as well as how they dress and travel; and the "Stay Alert ... Stay Safe" safety rules, which the police often speak about to school children.

While the transition between the first two parts is fairly smooth, the switch from the second to the third part is abrupt. Perhaps if each section had been given a title, this problem would not exist. Nevertheless, this is definitely a book for young readers learning about their Canadian community.

Gillian Martin Noonan is a teacher-librarian living in Old Perlican, Newfoundland
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