The Book Shelf – June 27
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The Book Shelf – June 27

Stratford Gazette

Canada’s Immigrant Cultures,

By the editors of Weigl Publishing,

32 pages.

@ SPL: J 971.004 Can

Canada is a nation with a rich multicultural heritage. Two main groups have played important roles in Canada’s development: Canada’s First Nations peoples and immigrants from many countries, beginning with France and Britain.

As this book explains, many diverse cultures have helped to shape our country.  New immigrants continue to arrive each year: of Canada’s current population of about 34 million people, close to 20 per cent were born outside of the country.

Why do immigrants come to Canada?  What circumstances would cause a family to move to a different country where new friends, housing, employment and schooling must be found – and a new culture and perhaps a new language learned?

The answers can be found in this book, which explores the causes of immigration, how new immigrants to Canada are approved and what they face upon arriving here. A timeline which outlines Canada’s immigration history since 1605.

This readable, concise and informative book explores the very relevant issue of immigration from both historical and contemporary perspectives.

** Recommended for ages eight to 12.

The Canadian Sheild Alphabet,

By Myrna Guymer,

32 pages.

@ SPL: JP Guy

The Canadian Shield covers over 50 per cent of our country’s total land area. Myrna Guymer’s picture book takes readers on a colourful tour of this fascinating landscape, using the alphabet to organize various features and concepts which make this area such a distinct, diverse part of Canada.

Readers will be introduced to wildlife such as muskox, otters, jackrabbits and polar bears; to flora such as the bearberry shrub, to special transportation methods used in this region such as tundra buggies, dog sleds; to kookums, qasgiqs and ulus and many more aspects of life on the Canadian Shield. The Canadian Shield Alphabet also elves into the people, events and culture which form the rich heritage of this region.

Guymer’s picture book provides an attractive, instructive introduction to a part of Canada which may be relatively unknown to children in Southwestern Ontario.

** Recommended for ages five to 10.

– Sally Hengeveld,

 librarian

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