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Volume VI Number 7 . . . . November 26, 1999
The oak is called the King of TreesIt is always a challenge to introduce factual information to young readers. In Canadian Trees, part of the "Nature Canada Series," Colleayn Mastin incorporates a variety of techniques that subtly delivers tidbits of information.
The most obvious is the use of a poem to introduce the fifteen species of trees being discussed. This method allows children to easily retain the facts that they have learned through the simple use of rhyme. As the material is geared towards the five to eight age group, one will find the short concise paragraphs are generously complemented with colourful illustrations by the renowned naturalist, Jan Sovak. Mastin touches on a wide range of subject matter in her brief text, including such things as tree identification, the uses of wood in the past and the present, and how trees provide food to forest animals.
Canadian Trees joins six other titles in the series: Wild Animals, Animals of the Arctic, Birds, Endangered Species, Ocean Creatures and Wildflowers. Each book offers an age-appropriate introduction to the subject matter that will whet a child's appetite and encourage further exploration. The book would is an ideal choice for public and school libraries as it is an excellent choice for students in early grades beginning research projects.
Jo-Anne Mary Benson, of Osgoode, ON, is a writer/reviewer for magazines, newspapers, and journals.
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