CM . . .
. Volume IX
Number 5 . . . . November 1, 2002
As a Canadian, I find many of the statements incomplete or misleading. Some examples include:
"Canada has 10 provinces and three territories," but none of them are named.
neighbor to the south is the United States. Its neighbor to the northwest
is also the
"Canada also touches three oceans. The Atlantic is on the east and the Pacific Ocean is on the west." The Arctic Ocean is not mentioned.
"Most Canadians live on flat plains near then St. Lawrence River." If the Great Lakes were added, then the Niagara peninsula and greater Toronto and Hamilton would be included to make the statement accurate.
"White settlers took land from Native Americans. Many times they mistreated or fought the Indians." This statement does not apply to the settlement of the Canadian west.
"Canada gained control of its own government in 1982." Among the important dates in Canadian history, 1867 is left out.
At a slightly higher reading level, both The Kids Book of Canada and the Bobbie Kalman’s Canada the Culture, the People and the Land books give a more accurate overview of Canada. This book would have limited use in a Canadian setting, and, therefore, it is not recommended for school libraries in Canada.
Meredith MacKeen is the teacher-librarian at Glen Stewart Elementary in Stratford, P.E.I.
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