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. Volume XVI Number 39. . . .June 11, 2010
The young heroine of I Know Here lives with her family in northern Saskatchewan where her father is helping to build a dam to provide electricity for the prairies. When the dam is finished in the summer, everyone will be leaving. The young girl realizes that she is going to miss this wild and beautiful place in the woods. She realizes that she "knows here," but doesn't know the big city of Toronto. With the help of her teacher, Miss Hendrickson, she realizes the powerful memories she will have about her life "here."
Laura Croza, the author of this picture book, and Matt James, the illustrator, want very young readers to think about the beauty of nature all around them. Laura Croza lived at several different dam sites when she was a child and drew on memories of her move from Saskatchewan to Toronto to write I Know Here. The descriptions of the pristine environment of northern Saskatchewan are skillfully crafted. Readers will be inspired to ask questions such as: How does our environment impact us? What would we remember about our homes if we had to leave them tomorrow? How can we preserve our memories?
Myra Junyk, a resident of Toronto, ON, is a literacy advocate and author.
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