________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 13 . . . . February 28, 2003

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The Dawn of Canada. (Canadian History).

Douglas Baldwin.
Calgary, AB: Weigl (Distributed by Saunders Book Co.), 2003.
48 pp., cloth, $26.95.
ISBN 1-55388-010-2.

Subject Headings:
Canada-Discovery and exploration-Juvenile literature.
Native peoples-Canada-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-9 / Ages 10-14.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

**** /4

   
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New France and the Fur Trade. (Canadian History).

Douglas Baldwin.
Calgary, AB: Weigl (Distributed by Saunders Book Co.), 2003.
48 pp., cloth, $26.95.
ISBN 1-55388-011-0.

Subject Headings:
Canada-History-To 1763 (New France)-Juvenile literature.
Fur trade-Canada-History-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-9 / Ages 10-14.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

**** /4

   
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Revolution, War, and the Loyalists. (Canadian History).

Douglas Baldwin.
Calgary, AB: Weigl (Distributed by Saunders Book Co.), 2003.
48 pp., cloth, $26.95.
ISBN 1-55388-012-9.

Subject Headings:
Canada-History-Seven Years’ War, 1755-1763-Juvenile literature.
Canada-History-1775-1783-Juvenile literature.
United Empire Loyalists–Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-9 / Ages 10-14.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

**** /4

   
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Rebellion and Union in the Canadas. (Canadian History).

Douglas Baldwin.
Calgary, AB: Weigl (Distributed by Saunders Book Co.), 2003.
48 pp., cloth, $26.95.
ISBN 1-55388-013-7.

Subject Headings:
Canada-History-rebellion, 1837-1838-Juvenile literature.
Canada-History-1841-1867-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-9 / Ages 10-14.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

**** /4

   
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Confederation and the West. (Canadian History).

Douglas Baldwin.
Calgary, AB: Weigl (Distributed by Saunders Book Co.), 2003.
48 pp., cloth, $26.95.
ISBN 1-55388-014-5.

Subject Headings:
Canada-History-Confederation, 1867-Juvenile literature.
Red River Rebellion, 1869-1970-Juvenile literature.
Riel Rebellion, 1885–Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-9 / Ages 10-14.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

**** /4

   
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A Nation’s First Steps. (Canadian History).

Douglas Baldwin.
Calgary, AB: Weigl (Distributed by Saunders Book Co.), 2003.
48 pp., cloth, $26.95.
ISBN 1-55388-015-3.
Subject Heading:
Canada-History-1867-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-9 / Ages 10-14.

Review by Gail Hamilton.

**** /4

   
   

excerpt:

Women’s choices in society were limited at the turn of the century. They were not allowed in bowling alleys or taverns, and could not go to a theatre alone. When the Toronto Library opened in 1882, several people campaigned to ban fiction books. They believed that sensational tales of women marrying rich men and leaving for exotic places would make women unhappy with their role in Canadian society. Divorce was rare. Between1867 and 1901, there were only fifty-three divorces in Canada.

Averaging 24 chapters, plus a glossary and an index, each of the series’ titles focuses on a period in Canada’s history and the events and people that shaped the country. The text includes first-hand accounts and quotations as well as sidebars and text boxes which provide additional information and explain, in greater detail, some of the main concepts or terminology used. Paintings, archival photographs, maps, time lines, and flow charts contribute to readers’ understanding of the events and the times in which they took place. A quiz, comprised of multiple-choice questions, mix-and-match questions and time lines, appears at the back of each book along with a list of suggested reading materials and internet resources for further study. The first volume, The Dawn of Canada, provides information about early Aboriginal peoples in each part of the country. Viking exploration and the search for the Northwest Passage by several explorers and the meeting of the Aboriginal and European cultures are also featured. New France and the Fur Trade covers the period from Samuel de Champlain’s travels to Canada in the early 1600s to Alexander Mackenzie’s exploration with the North West Company in the late 1700s. The influence of missionaries, the growth of settlements in New France and the role played by the Voyageurs and the Hudson’s Bay Company in Canada’s development are highlighted. Revolution, War and the Loyalists discusses the importance of Acadia, the rise of cities, the lifestyle of the people and the many wars that were fought between the French and the British. Rebellion and Union in the Canadas features the hardships and growing pains endured by the people as the country struggled with the formation of governments. Westward expansion, the debate over Confederation, and Louis Riel and the Metis are just a few of the topics covered in Confederation and the West Finally, A Nation’s First Steps takes readers from the time of Confederation to the building of the railroad and the settling of the west. In this volume, topics range from treaties to the North West Rebellion and the kind of society in which people lived. The injustices to women and children in the industrial revolution are also discussed. Worthy of purchase, this series offers readers an insight into the historical times and events of the day.

Highly Recommended.

Gail Hamilton is a teacher-librarian at Bird’s Hill School in East St. Paul, Manitoba.

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