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The Moccasin Goalie.
Willian Roy Brownridge. Illustrated by the author.
Victoria, BC: Orca Books, 1995. Unpaginated, cloth, $14.95.
ISBN 1-55143-042-8. CIP.
Preschool - Grade 2 / Ages 4 - 8.
Review by Dave Jenkinson.
The Moccasin Goalie's adult narrator recalls a period during his childhood when he lived in the small prairie community of Willow. There he spent his winter free time playing hockey with his three best friends on the town's snow-covered streets and outdoor rink.
Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children's and young-adult literature in the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba.
Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut.
Margaret Atwood. Illustrated by Maryann Kovalski.
Toronto: Key Porter Kids, 1995. 32pp, paper, $16.95.
Grades 1 - 3 / Ages 6 - 9.
Review by Leslie Millar.
In the morning the three plump pussycats poked and pinched Princess Prunella awake with their pointy paws. "We pity you," they whispered. "Your eyes are all pink and puffy, and that purple peanut is as big as a pumpkin. So we will remind you of what the white-haired wrinkly-wristed Wise Woman said: Perform three Good Deeds and your purple peanut will pop."
"What are Good Deeds?" said Prunella.
"You are a perverse pie-faced pudding-brain," said the three pussycats politely, padding pompously away on their polished paws. "You should have paid more attention!"
Margaret Atwood is well known to adults as the author of more than twenty-five books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. She is not, however, a complete newcomer to the children's scene. Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut marks her fourth foray into the world of children's literature. (Her previous titles are Anna's Pet, Up in the Tree, and For the Birds.)
Leslie Millar is a substitute teacher/volunteer in Winnipeg schools.
Bernice Thurman Hunter.
Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1995. 192pp, paper, $4.99.
Grades 5 - 8 / Ages 10 - 13.
Review by Jennifer Sullivan.
Feb. 18, 1926
Dear Mama, today I am very sad because it is six years since you went away. I wish I had a sister to talk to. Oh, Mama, why did you have to die? And why did Daddy let Aunt Bessie take our baby? Didn't he love her anymore? Maybe he doesn't love any of us.
What do kids today have in common with those of sixty years ago? Plenty, according to award-winning writer Bernice Thurman Hunter, whose latest novel, Amy's Promise, is set in the 1920s. The author of the much-loved "Booky" trilogy again treats us to a delightful and nostalgic glimpse at growing up -- which also manages to explore some serious and contemporary issues.
Jennifer Sullivan has a Master's degree in English Literature and works within the Children's Literature Service of the National Library of Canada.
The United Nations: Its History and the Canadians Who Shaped It.
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1995. 65pp, paper, $18.95.
Grades 5 - 9 / Ages 10 - 15.
Review by Caroline Thomson.
If you and other people in your neighbourhood wanted to get something done, you begin by getting organized. Why not start a neighbourhood association? You would need to hold a meeting, or assembly, where each family would have one vote. If fighting is a problem in your area, you might choose a special peace committee. It would be smart to include the richest and most important families on the committee, because if they don't keep the peace, no one will. You could also form a committee to improve living conditions. And since there'll probably be arguments in your neighbourhood, how about a "court" to find a fair agreement.
The UN has all of these organizations and many more.
On October 24, 1945, a group of thirty-one countries formally joined together to become the United Nations. Their purpose was to "save succeeding generations from the scourge of war." This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the UN, and in honour of that, many books on the institution are being published. Distinguished Canadian historian Desmond Morton has written The United Nations: Its History and the Canadians Who Shaped It, a book directed at Canadian youth.
Caroline Thomson is a librarian in North York, Ontario. She holds an M.A. in history.
Kids will find out:
Ghosts of the Bay: A Guide to the History of Georgian Bay.
Ghosts of the Bay: The Forgotten History of Georgian Bay.
Russel Floren and Andrea Gutsche.
Toronto: Lynx Images, 1994.
Book: 303pp, paper, $29.95. Video: 90 Minutes, VHS, $29.95.
Book and Video set $49.95.
ISBN (Book) 0-9698427-3-2.
Grades 8 and Up / Ages 12 - Adult.
Review by Tom Chambers.
A large Iroquois war party swooped down on the tiny mission, which fought valiantly for almost a full day. But strength in numbers prevailed, and soon most of the Huron were dead or captured. The victorious Iroquois had also captured two Black Robes: Jean de Brebeuf and Lalement's nephew, Gabriel Lalement. The two were put to death in the most torturous manner, according to donne Christopher Renault, who helped bring the bodies from St. Ignace to Ste. Marie. The Jesuits were stripped of their flesh, "baptised" with boiling water, their lips cut off to stop them from praying, and finally, their hearts cut out and eaten; an honourable death, according to the Iroquois, one that befit such powerful men.
Ghosts of the Bay, the book, comes with a ninety-minute video of the same name, though they have different sub-titles. The book is described as a "story telling guide." It is highly detailed, has numerous maps, and is meant to help people discover for themselves the exciting history of Georgian Bay as they travel around this beautiful part of Ontario. The book is also richly illustrated with many photographs of the buildings, ships, and people mentioned. The video complements the book with some interesting underwater footage of shipwrecks and of some of the few remaining abandoned buildings. Both the book and the video are capable of standing on their own.
Tom Chambers is a professor at Canadore College in North Bay Ontario.
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.
What are the next three letters in this set?
What are the next three letters in the sequence.
Send your response by 8:00 a.m., Friday, December 1st to:
Thank you for sending us this unique problem. We hope to receive our readers help in the future as well.
Andrea Pollock and Alex Nazarov
Royal West Academy, Montreal West, Quebec.
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.
Recently Jacques Parizeau has announced his resignation as Premier of the province of Quebec. Name the individuals who have served as premiers of Quebec since 1967 and the political parties that they represented. I think that you will find some interesting results.
DUE DATE FOR THIS ANSWER: December 2, 1995
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.
Centennial Regional High in Greenfield Park, Quebec is proud to continue with the Cyberspace Scavenger Hunt. We are proud, too, to announce the "grand opening"of our home page that can be found at "http://www.infobahnos.com/~crhs This message is repeated in our homepage.
The Internet is the "largest library" in our world, and we, as teachers should be teaching students how to use this research facility. Our research staff have scanned the Web looking for appealing and varied questions for your and your students. Each week, a different question will be posted, a question that will challenge student's research skills on the net.
You are free to use any Internet resource available to you.
When you have found the answer to our question,
E-MAIL YOUR ANSWERS DIRECTLY TO ME AT THE ADDRESS BELOW. DO NOT SEND IT TO CM.
Please include with your answer a little bit of information about you and your school.
Melody Williams and class, Wheelersburg High School
However, if some trouble may arise, we would look to the ambassadors from each country to handle any tensions.
Name the American ambassador to Canada, and give me his address and telephone number.
Now, since you're getting so good at finding information on the Net, name the Canadian ambassador to the United States, and give me his address and telephone number.
The Canadian ambassador to the United States is M. Raymond Chrétien. You can reach him at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001. His phone number is (202) 682-1740 and his fax number is (202) 682-7726.
Send your answers to: email@example.com
Good luck to all the hunters.
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