________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 7 . . . . November 21, 2008

cover Theodore Too and the Mystery Guest.

Michelle Mulder. Illustrated by Yolanda Poplawska.
Halifax, NS: Nimbus, 2008.
24 pp., stapled, $8.95.
ISBN 978-1-55109-659-9.

Subject Headings:
Halifax Harbour (N.S.)-Juvenile fiction.
Ships-Juvenile Fiction.

Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 3-7.

Review by Kim Dyment.

** /4

Theodore Too and Lucy Tug Boat are travelling around the Halifax Harbour. Hearing the news that a visitor is coming to the harbour, Theodore and Lucy set out to find clues of the special guest that will arrive. They ask Fisherman Murphy, the Dartmouth Ferry, Guy Seagull and George Lighthouse. The characters give them important clues to the special guest entering the harbour. The final clue of "Her mother was the fastest boat in the world at one time, and our guest is just the same," leads Theodore Too to the answer — Bluenose! The tugboats rush out to greet her when she enters the harbour. Travelling from Lunenburg, Bluenose is hungry and asks the tugboats and their friends to join her for lunch on the sunny afternoon.

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     Michelle Mulder brings a Maritime focus to the story in which children, along with the characters in the book, can solve the mystery of the guest's identity. By making reference to the MacDonald Bridge, the Dartmouth Ferry and Citadel Hill, Mulder captures Maritime pride and Canadian themes in addition to the guest's being the Bluenose. The cartoon-like illustrations by Yolanda Poplawska highlight some of Halifax's landmarks and beautiful scenery.

     This book can add to any classroom discussion on Maritime cities and the history of the Bluenose in Nova Scotia. It also connects to the history of the dime on which an image of the Bluenose can be found. Although the content could be interactive for children, the book cuts short the guessing game and, therefore, ends with the reading feeling like there should be more.

Recommended.

Kim Dyment, a graduate student in the M.Ed. Program at the University of Prince Edward Island, is also a middle school teacher at Hernewood Intermediate School in PEI.

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