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Volume VII Number 5 . . . . November 3, 2000
Listen.So begins the latest example of this author's excellent work. Granfield brings the dusty warehouse alive for readers young and old through her clearly written text and well chosen archival photos. This location, now a Canadian National Historic Site, is a piece of history that played an important role in many lives, and Granfield does a top notch job presenting the variety of groups which moved through Pier 21 throughout its history. Hopefully this book will encourage visits to this important museum. The inclusion of Canadian illustrator Michael Martchenko is a relatable example of an immigrant who arrived at Pier 21 as a young boy. Many readers will recognize Martchenko as the illustrator of many Robert Munsch titles plus Granfield's High Flight.
The Pier 21 At A Glance section is a nice addition. This section includes a brief history and web site information. A strongly recommended title for purchase by every school and public library, this title will prove to be a valuable resource for classroom discussions of many topics including: Heritage Month, Canada Day, immigration and general Canadian history and social studies classes.
Catherine Hoyt is the Curator of the Eileen Wallace Children's Literature Collection at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB.
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