CM . . . . Volume XIX Number 11 . . . . November 16, 2012
Victoria Day is part of the “Celebrations in My World” series by Crabtree Publishing. Author Lynn Peppas has written a simple text to explain the Canadian tradition behind the long weekend in May that signals the start of warmer weather activities for many. Her sense of humour shows through in her informational insert that explains a common term used for the “Victoria Day Weekend”.
Information in this book is presented in a colourful format with large primary text, clear photos and illustrations. Terms, such as heritage and reign, are highlighted in bold print and explained in a simple glossary at the end of the book. There is also a brief index at the back of the book and a table of contents at the front.
In addition to the British traditions incorporated in Victoria Day celebrations, Victoria Day also explains the origins of “Bread and Cheese Day”, celebrated by the Six Nations on May 24, and “National Patriots’ Day” celebrations on May 24 in Quebec.
My only quibble with Victoria Day is that the quiz at the end of the book does not include any open-ended or higher order thinking questions. To me, it is a waste of ink to include a question like “Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia. Who is it named after?”
It is nice to have a book about a Canadian celebration to include with books celebrating other important days around the world. This book earns its place on my shelf by its inclusive content and Canadian focus.
Suzanne Pierson is a retired teacher-librarian, currently instructing Librarianship courses at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.
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