________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 15 . . . . March 20, 2009

cover The Great Lakes. (Natural Wonders).

Annalise Bekkering.
Calgary, AB: Weigl, (Distributed by Saunders Book Company), 2009.
32 pp., pbk. & hc., $11.95 (pbk.), $23.95 (hc.).
ISBN 978-1-59036-945-6 (pbk.),
ISBN 978-1-59036-944-9 (hc.).

Subject Headings:
Great Lakes (North America)-Juvenile literature.
Great Lakes Region (North America)-Juvenile literature
Great Lakes (North America)-Geography-Juvenile literature

Grades 3 and up / Ages 8 and up.

Review by Vanessa Sobkovich-Wiebe.

**** /4


The Great Lakes include Lake Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. They form the largest group of lakes in the world. The Great Lakes contain a large portion of Earth's fresh water and are home to many plants and animals. These living things depend on the unique ecosystems that make up the Great Lakes and their surrounding area for their survival.

The Great Lakes have a rich history. Aboriginal Peoples have lived in the area for thousands of years. Europeans settled in the area in the 1600s. The five lakes are within the United States and Canada. Both countries work together to protect this natural wonder of the world.

The Great Lakes provides a wealth of information for students through vivid photos and text. It is part of Wiegl's "Natural Wonders" series which focuses on the geology, culture and ecosystems of different regions. The excerpt above summarizes the entire book. Specific topics in The Great Lakes include Aboriginals, settlement and industry and ecosystems.

     The book is written in a concise fashion. Each section covers two pages and includes a main article, pictures and information boxes. The main article is to the point and contains only six or seven sentences. The photos in the book are gorgeous and show the natural beauty of the Great Lakes. The information boxes contain text, pictures, charts, diagrams and maps with additional information pertaining to that section.

     Also provided are puzzles and quizzes to question readers what they have learned while reading this book. Answers are located at the end of each section so that students can verify if they were correct. Located at the back of the book are resources for further information as well as a timeline, glossary and index.

     This book is a valuable resource for teachers who need materials on natural wonders or on the Great Lakes. It is a wonderful tool to test student's literacy levels and comprehension.


Vanessa Sobkovich-Wiebe is a library technician in a high school outside of Winnipeg, MB.

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