Special Holiday Double Issue!
This issue of CM would be fatter than usual if you bothered to print it all out. But even on the screen you might notice that the pixels seem unusually . . . thick.
Montreal, Tundra Books: 1982. 32pp, paper, $7.95.
Grades K - 4 / Ages 5 - 10.
Review by Harriet Zaidman.
With Gabriel is Bathsheba and her twin lambs. They are only three days old and are still learning to follow their mother and nurse. Before they are allowed to go out with the others, the lambs will have their long skinny tails docked . . . It is too early in the year for grass so Chester will begin to feed them a mixture of grain sweetened with a special molasses when they are two weeks old.
This is the fourth printing of a beautiful book about the life of farm animals. The reader is attracted initially because of the striking illustrations that depict cows with graceful curves, sheep with soft, round fluffy wool, Clydesdale horses with handsome muscles, and draft horses with outstanding dapples. Chester the farmer is part of the story, but the animals are the protagonists, and Chester is presented as a silohuetted figure.
Harriet Zaidman is a Winnipeg teacher/librarian.
The Bear-Walker and Other Stories.
Basil H. Johnston. Illustrated by David A. Johnson.
Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, 1995. 64pp, cloth, $19.95.
Grades 3 - 8 / Ages 7 - 13.
Review by Adele Case.
Nanabush immediately knew that he was being deceived by the old woman, so he spoke to her sharply: "If that's the way you want it, okay with me. When I arrived I was very hungry. I asked you to feed me, but you hid those loaves of bread because you are stingy. Fine. From now on you will be a woodpecker. You will have a hard time getting food too, living as you will from a tree."-- from "The Woodpecker"
It is said that in that instant the old woman became a woodpecker.
The Bear-Walker and Other Stories is a collection of nine stories known to members of the Ojibway people, who call themselves the Anishinaubaek. The book is a beautiful publication, elegantly illustrated with line drawings and evocative full-page coloured paintings by David A. Johnson. The artist incorporates masterful line drawings superimposed on backgrounds of the sky, mountains, or water. Often, creatures of the forest, birds, or fish are added to graphically enliven the story, and these may be literal representations or (in the case of the lynx) show a demon-like feline against a background of storm and lightning. The fine paper, gorgeous book jacket in mauve with an inset from the first story, as well as the generous margins and Johnson's flowing black-and-white illustrations should give the book wide appeal.
Adele Case is a high-school teacher who lives in West Vancouver.
Investigating the Chemical World
Douglas Hayward and Gordon S. Bates. Illustrated by Nyla Sunga.
Vancouver: Pacific Educational Press, 1994. 91pp, paper, $10.95.
Grades 4 - 8 / Ages 10 - 14.
Review by Harriet Zaidman.
Over 200 years ago, a French chemist named Antoine Lavoisier was the first to measure the percentage of oxygen in air. You can repeat his experiment using simple materials from the kitchen.
Use a knife and a fork to pack a pad of steel wool into the bottom of a clear jar or glass. Avoid touching the sharp steel wool with your bare fingers. Rinse the steel wool thoroughly with tap water and then invert the jar in a pan or bowl full of water. If the jar will not stand up or starts to float, remove some of the water.
It's Elementary! is the kind of book teachers, parents and kids love. It is educational, well written, and interestingly illustrated. It introduces young enquiring minds to basic scientific principles through a large number of experiments. The experiments are conducted with materials that really are available in most homes, or are easily attainable. The instructions are clear and stress safety, although none of the included experiments really have potential for accidents.
Harriet Zaidman is a Winnipeg teacher/librarian.
Northern Frights 2.
Edited by Donald Hutchion.
Oakville, ON: Mosaic Press, 1994. 222pp, paper, $16.95.
Grades 9 - 12 / Ages 14 - 16.
Review by Michele F. Kallio.
Old Faris ruined it. He really did. Even up until last night, Mischief Night, I felt okay about pumpkins. Now I'm spooked.
And so will the reader be! The above opening from Toronto writer Nancy Kilpatrick's "Punkins" sets the pace for the entire book. A collection of stories by Canada's best fantasy/horror writers, Northern Frights 2 is a terrifying trip to the Dark Side.
Michele F. Kallio is a former teacher/librarian living in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick.
Don't tell anyone, but --
UFO experiences in Canada.
General Store Publishing House: Burnstown, Ontario, 1995. 195pp, paper, $16.95.
Grades 10 - 13 / Ages 14 - Adult.
Review by Chris Rutkowski.
In a remarkably bold step towards truth in advertising, the title of this book says it all. Perhaps the publisher hopes no one will buy it.
Chris Rutkowski is one of Canada's leading investigators of UFO phenonomena, and the author of Unnatural History.
Two Shores / Deux rives.
Vancouver: RonsdalePress, 1995. 166pp, paperback, $14.95.
Grades 11 - 13 / Ages 15 - Adult.
Review by Kathleen L. Kellett-Betsos.
In Saïgon there was a famous astrologer,
whom everybody went to see.
The one day, in the sixties,
he started to prophesy
foreign countries for us.
He forecast to students, rich men, ordinary people,
even to the poor and the outcasts.
To all he predicted, "You will travel overseas."
We laughed, seeing expensive clothes,
and on gloomy days said:
"Let us go to the astrologer's
so that he can predict our future,
our fabulous destinies!"
A Saïgon il y avait un devin célèrebre
que tout le monde consultait.
Puis un jour, dans les années soixante,
il commença à nous prédire
des pays étrangers.
Il disait aux étudiants,
aux hommes riches ou ordinaires,
et même aux pauvres et aux déshérités,
à tous il prédit: "Vous voyagerez outremer."
Nous avons ri, voyant
des vêtements chers, des bagages de cuir,
et disions les jours tristes:
"Allons chez le devin,
qu'il prophétise notre avenir
nos destinées fabuleuses!"
The subtle atmosphere of historical irony evident in this poem pervades Two Shores / Deux rives, Thuong Vuong-Riddick's first collection of poetry. Personal and political history intertwine as the poet considers her life first in Vietnam, then as a student in France, and finally, as immigrant, teacher, wife, and mother in Canada.
In Montréal I found two jobs,
But History followed me,
When La Crise d'Octobre 1970 exploded,
students told me: "The most tragic episode of our history!"
I thought: "Only one killed!"
"The small marble," my daughter asks,
"could it come back?"
I feel the scar on my chest.
"It could," I say." [...]
In the evening the children
Gather round me, lifeguards.
Kathleen L. Kellett-Betsos is a French Professor at Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto.
Spells for Clear Vision.
London, ON: Brick Books, 1994. 85pp, paper, $11.95.
Grades 11 - 13 / Ages 15 - Adult.
Review by Liam C. Rodrigues.
Some one must remember her name,
this girl who fills the land surrounding her.
It is certain she does. Though they're hidden
under the blanket wrapped around her,
she has sure hands. She knows the plain,
has made it into herself. It shapes her
like the grass she stands in:
blades drying, it readies itself for
snow. Rising like the white man's house
behind her, but steady and lasting
as the earth beneath her hidden feet.
Spells for Clear Vision is Neile Graham's second volume of poetry. Divided into four sections, this collection seems like a hodge-podge at first glance. Although this initial impression is essentially accurate, the book shouldn't be dismissed outright. Spells is formally un-centred, and sometimes guilty of sacrificing stylistic unity to exploration, but this is quickly forgotten in the overall effect.
Liam C. Rodrigues is a Toronto-area writer interested in art, architecture, poetry, and all that liberal arts stuff.
Through Wolf Eyes: The Story of a Gray Wolf
Falmouth, NS: Needham Gate Productions Limited, 1995. VHS, 33 minutes.
Video (plus 1 activity booklet) $29.95.
Classroom pack of 30 activity booklets $30.00.
Family pack of 5 activity booklets $5.00.
Available from: Rising Tide Communications
Box 105, Falmouth, NS, B0P 1L0.
Ph (902) 798-8777, fax (902) 798-5766.
Grades 4 - 6 / Ages 8 - 11.
Review group led by Brian Rountree.
`Hank' Halliday, of Wolf Awareness Inc., is our guide at the start and end of this `autobiography' of the gray wolf, Lucas, from his birth until he is fourteen years old. There are two places during the video to stop and do the activities in the accompanying booklet.
Brian Rountree is a Teacher-Librarian in Thompson, Manitoba. He was assisted in this review by the students in his evening class on "Educational Media and Technology."
Steve Caldwell, the coordinator of the Trivia Contest, has been kind enough to give CM permission to run his weekly Great Canadian Trivia Contest, a great way to motivate students to spend some time in the Library.
Technical problems prevented the contest from appearing last week, so we're posting two week's worth of questions and answers.
Name the French missionary who is credited with writing the "Huron Carol."
There was one late answer for the question that asked for the plants portrayed in the Canadian Coat of Arms.
DUE DATE FOR THIS ANSWER: December 23!, 1995
DUE DATE FOR THIS ANSWER: January 13, 1996
In addition to your e-mail address, please send your school's name and the grade and/or class that you are in, as well as your postal address.
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.
Although there will be no more questions until school begins again in January, we are posting the answer from two weeks ago. Have an enjoyable holiday.
You can find archives of old questions and winners lists on our web page. We have lost the winners list for the second puzzle and would be pleased to have it forwarded to us from anyone who still has it.
We can also be found on the Web at: http://www.odyssee.net/~academy/mathpuzzle/mathpuzzlecontest.html
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.
What are the 2 missing numbers in this sequence.
2, 5, 10, 20, ___, ____ , 500, 1000 , .....
Andrea Pollock and Alex Nazarov
Royal West Academy, Montreal West, Quebec.
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