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The Spirit of Canada by Barbara Hehner

The Spirit of Canada (edition 1999)

by Barbara Hehner

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Title:The Spirit of Canada
Authors:Barbara Hehner
Info:Toronto : Malcolm Lester Books, c1999.
Collections:Your library
Tags:Canadiana, legends, poetry, songs, folklore, tall tales, traditional literature, Mr. Christie's Book Award, IODE Award, children's literature, C.J. Taylor, Margaret Atwood, Robert W. Service, Louis Riel, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Yee, Aboriginal, L.M. Montgomery, John McCrae, Grey Owl, Ian Tyson, Farley Mowat, Dennis Lee, Roch Carrier

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The Spirit of Canada: Canada's Story in Legends, Fiction, Poems, and Songs by Barbara Hehner



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The Spirit of Canada is an anthology of over 100 stories, legends, poems, and songs by famous, lesser-known, and unknown Canadian writers. The book is illustrated by 15 well known Canadian illustrators. It is divided into parts based on Canada's timeline, culture and past-times. The different parts begin with a historical or descriptive note. The stories, legends, poems, and songs are preceded with facts about the subject, author and/or illustrator of the piece. There are selections about diverse subjects such as Aboriginal creation and culture, exploration of Canada, the Northwest Passage, the Underground Railroad, logging, life in the North, immigrants, emigration, and, of course, hockey.

The Spirit of Canada is a great and entertaining way for people to learn some of the history and culture of Canada. It is nice to read folklore that is Canadian in origin or has a Canadian twist. The layout of the book adds to the enjoyment, intermingling stories, legends, songs, and poems. Adding facts before each piece adds to the value of the selection. For instance, there are some people, who study folklore, who believe Paul Bunyan originated in Canada. The illustrations are in many styles and techniques. This book can be enjoyed by children and adult alike.

The Spirit of Canada has won Mr. Christie's Book Award and IODE award. ( )
  jodyl | Dec 2, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0773762000, Paperback)

The Spirit of Canada, a stunning anthology that celebrates our country_s life and times, is filled to the brim with stories, songs, poems, legends, and more. This remarkable collection is a must-have for every library. With one hundred and fifty illustrations by some of Canada_s most prestigious children_s book artists, The Spirit of Canada will prove to be a useful reference guide, as well as a keepsake for generations to come. Beginning with native creation myths, readers are introduced to a cross-section of Canadian history. Chapters include the discovery of the New World, early settlement, and Confederation, as well as legends, humour, and multiculturalism. The Spirit of Canada highlights classic pieces as well as hidden gems. Selections include: The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service; In Flanders Fields by John McCrae; Canadian Railway Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot; The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier; This Was My Brother by Mona Gould; and I Am a Canadian #1 by Duke Redbird.

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