As the pictures on this page might show, our launch was a big success, with a large-turnout by the media. We were lucky enough to have the Honourable Jon Gerrard, Secretary of State for Science, Research and Technology and M.P. David Walker, representing the Honourable Michel Dupuy, Minister of Canadian Heritage, as speakers, and a good time was had by all.
We plan to go on improving in Volume II, and we want to hear your opinions about both individual reviews or articles and the magazine in general. As always, send any comments, suggestions, or complaints to the address beneath my name.
-- Duncan Thornton, Editor
Tololwa M. Mollel. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis.
Toronto: Stoddart, 1995. 32pp, cloth, $18.95
Grades Preschool - 3 / Ages 4 - 8.
Review by Harriet Zaidman.
Oli didn't want to eat his ugali. He didn't want to take his nap. He wanted to go bird hunting in the woods with his big brother Mbachu. His mama said no. "You are too little," she told him.
So begins the tale of Oli, a little boy in Tanzania who yearns to be big and go on adventures. The story is based on a motif found in African folklore, but the setting is contemporary. It is yet another beautifully told tale by Tololwa M. Mollel, author of the haunting book The Orphan Boy, as well as Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper, and The Hare and the Tortoise.
Harriet Zaidman is a Winnipeg teacher/librarian..
Jill Creighton. Illustrated by Pierre-Paul Pariseau.
Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada Ltd., 1995. 30pp, paper, $5.99.
(Issued in French as L'heure des poules!)
Grades K - 5 / Ages 5 - 9.
Review by A. Edwardsson.
Mr. Wolf moved into the empty house beside the chicken coop. "Right next door to dinner," he chuckled, rubbing his paws together. He put on his speckled tie, his feather-patterned waistcoat, his egg brooch and his chicken watch. Then he went next door to introduce himself to the hens.
Author Jill Creighton (The Weaver's Horse) has turned a popular children's game of chase into an unusual picture-book. At "one o'cluck," Mr. Wolf invites his chicken neighbours to join him for dinner at eight. He spends the rest of the day preparing for his fowl supper, and watching the mysterious activities next door. For example: "The chickens were all inside the henhouse, gathered round the telephone. One chicken poked her head out. `What time is it, Mr. Wolf?' she called. `Six o'cluck,' he answered, staring at her fat belly. She slammed the door. `Rude' he murmured, 'but pleasingly plump!'"
A. Edwardsson is in charge of the Children's Department at a branch of the Winnipeg Public Library. She has a Bachelor of Education degree and a Child Care Worker III certification, and is a member of the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Authors' Association.
The Ship That Voted No and Other Stories of Ships and the Sea.
Hantsport, Nova Scotia: Lancelot Press, 1995. 86pp, paper, $7.95.
Grade 7 - 13 / Ages 12 - Adult.
Review by Neil V. Payne.
Mutiny. The word conjures up images from boyhood tales, of cutthroat pirates and high seas treachery. Ragged seadogs cheer as captain and mate are made to walk the plank. Retribution, when it comes, is a dangling noose from the yardarm.
But by the mid-twentieth century, mutiny was not that colorful or violent. The minor nature of these incidents in the Canadian fleet was out of all proportion to their effect on the future of a navy first formed in 1910, rooted in the Nelson tradition of the British senior service. The mutinies, such as they were, mainly consisted of a refusal to work by crewmen aboard five different vessels in incidents spanning six years. The first two were quietly dealt with and then more or less forgotten. The latter three resulted in a report which shook the foundations of the service.
Most Canadians would be amazed to learn that the Canadian navy had five mutinies during the 1940s, or that a Canadian naval ship, H.M.C.S. Uganda, while serving in an active theatre of war during World War II, voted to not fight any more.
Almost a Lifetime.
Lantzville, British Columbia: Oolichan books, 1995. 297pp, paper, $19.95.
ISBN 0-88982-143-7. CIP.
Grade 9 - 13 / Ages 13 - Adult.
Review by Neil V. Payne.
Barrack Commander Alec MacKinlay interrupted our Stalag exit preparation with a request for everyone to come forward and listen. Alec looked like an old man. These last few distressing months had played havoc with him. He struggled to his table top podium and spoke quietly. "Well, fellows," he began, "the Russian armies are not too far away. We expect they will be in this area within a couple of days. We don't know what is happening; communications are poor. All we have is rumours, some not so good. But unless a battalion of German soldiers retreat this way and through the camp, I don't think we will have trouble from our guards. "There is the possibility we will have to walk out of here to some place further west, so don't bank on being liberated by the Ruskies. I have information that tomorrow morning we are to take with us on check parade any smal1 kit we wish to have and use on a march. So you are being forewarned. When parade is over tomorrow you will not be permitted to return to your barrack. It's hellish cold weather and I can't understand why they want to take us out on a hiking tour right now. We are 40,000 plus men, and once we move away from here, we'll be camping in sub zero temperatures. Make sure you wear the warmest clothing you have and the best footwear. I'm not giving orders or much advice; you are all free to make choices."
So began a forced march of forty thousand Prisoners of War westward more than four hundred miles across the frozen, ice-covered Germany of February 1945. A march that ended in exhausted freedom for some; a cold, lonely death in a ditch in the middle of nowhere for many others.
For the Poet Novitiate
The Crafted Poem.
Toronto: Wordwrights Canada, 1994. 58pp, paper, $8.95.
Writing Reader-Friendly Poetry
Toronto: Wordwrights Canada, 1995. 24pp, paper, $5 95.
Grades 10 - 13 / Ages 14 - Adult.
Review by Liam C. Rodrigues.
Reader-friendly poetry is writing that communicates. It reaches beyond confession, shrugs off literary fashion, and bypasses the esoteric and avant-garde, to put the reader first. No matter where a poem springs from, spilling thoughts onto paper in private shorthand is not enough. Reader friendly poetry is a public art. Its authors must select, expand, arrange, and edit their raw inspiration to create a new whole -- one that is open and accessible, one that engages the reader through five senses as well as the mind and emotions. Reader-friendly poetry aims not to puzzle, not to preach, but to share.
from Writing Reader-Friendly Poems
Collected from a series of columns that appeared in the Arts Scarborough Newsletter between September 1980 and June 1985, The Crafted Poem is Susan loannou's third book on writing. A poet herself, Ioannou's sensitivity to the material originates from a practical relationship with it. It is appropriate then that The Crafted Poem reflects on the construction of poetry.
Published subsequently, Writing Reader-Friendly Poetry is something of a follow-up to The Crafted Poem. Less romantic and freer of the "vogue parlance" that infiltrates the 1994 publication (although one would never guess from the title), these fifty odd "Rules of Thumb for Clearer Communication" are to revision and editing what The Crafted Poem is to composition.
Recommended with reservations.
Liam C. Rodrigues is a Toronto-area writer interested in art, archicture, poetry, and all that liberal arts stuff.
Royal West Academy (a high school) in Montreal, Quebec is sponsoring a little math puzzle contest.
This contest is open to all participants but is designed for students in grades five through ten. English will be the language used for all problems and if their solutions relate to a language, the language will be English.
Each week a new puzzle will be presented and the answers and winners from two weeks earlier will be posted. Answers are to be received by 8:00 a.m. eastern time the following Friday.
The answers will then be judged, and a correct answer along with the winners' names, will be posted with the puzzle two weeks later.
Both individual students and entire classes are welcome to participate.
Do not to send your answers to CM. Instead, please send all answers to Andrea Pollock and Alex Nazarov at the following address:
With your solution please include your names, school, grade, and e-mail address, and your city.
The question from two weeks ago was the following:
What are the next two numbers?.... 6 9 18 21 42 45 ___ ___
The answer was 90 93
The pattern was add 3 then double the number, add 3 then double etc...
This week's question #7 is the following:
What is the next letter in the set?.... R, E, B, M, U, ___
Please remember to send your response by 8:00 am Friday, October 27th to:
Andrea Pollock and Alex Nazarov
Royal West Academy, Montreal West, Quebec.
Phone (204) 477-1961
Fax (204) 477-1957
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