CM . . .
. Volume XV Number 18. . . .May 1, 2009
This recent addition to the burgeoning collection of Canadian themed alphabet books shares the same format as its predecessors which include M is for Maple: A Canadian Alphabet and C is for Chinook: An Alberta Alphabet to name but two. Each letter is given a full page or a double-page spread in which a four line poem describes the selected word for the given letter while the accompanying sidebar goes on to give a more detailed description of the word in question. Informative and elegant in design, the book is more of a celebration of the wonders of Nova Scotia than it is a primer for learning one's letters. It is a beautiful gift book for readers of any age to introduce them to Nova Scotia's rich cultural, historical and natural heritage. It is also a shining reminder to Nova Scotia natives of the many and varied reasons that we are so proud to call this province home.Tooke has done a remarkable job of combining many of the aspects of Nova Scotia that are widely recognized with lesser-known elements of Nova Scotia life. While "bagpipes," "Cape Breton," "nor'easters" and "tall ships" are frequently associated with our province, the "dykes" that were first built by the Acadians and the "leatherback turtles" that are so passionately protected by the Nova Scotia Leatherback Turtle Working Group are two very different achievements that typify the spirit of Nova Scotians past and present. The sumptuous illustrations vividly render all of these nuances of Nova Scotia's life and its people, and they work beautifully with the carefully-researched text to create a rich visual and written portrait of Nova Scotia, a loving tribute that captures the beauty of the land, the diversity of its people, its abundant natural gifts and its proud history. Chock full of interesting information, it is a book that will be very useful in school and classroom libraries but which will likely finds its niche as a gift book for those wishing to share a piece of Nova Scotia. It is a fine new offering in this series.
Lisa Doucet is a children's bookseller at Woozles in Halifax...and a proud Nova Scotian.
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