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by David Johnston

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While the concept of this book and the design are great, the text itself seemed to "talk down" to its audience. There was a lot of "Wow! Way back before you were born people didn't have text messaging!" kind of hyperbole. Also, the qualifications of a Canadian inventor seemed to be inconsistent, adjusted to fit the narrative: some inventors were born in Canada but living elsewhere when they created their invention, some were born elsewhere but were living in Canada at the time of their invention. And giving Canadian native tribes full credit for the invention of canoes seemed a bit of a stretch.

Cute drawings, nice idea, but not the best execution. ( )
  fuzzi | Nov 11, 2017 |
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Such a cute book with interesting stories of inventions by the Canadians. Each story is better than the next. I won this from LibraryThing Early Reviewers for an honest review. ( )
  Draak | Nov 4, 2017 |
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The sub-title says it all: How Canadians made the world a smarter, smaller, kinder, safer, healthier, wealthier, and happier.

David Johnston's term as Canada's Governor General ended in September 2017 and to commemorate the occasion, he gave us this collection of creativity originating in Canada from the light bulb (yes, Canadians Henry Woodward and Matthew Evans sold their patent to Edison) to the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights by John Humphrey in 1948, to blue box recycling. This book will be a welcome addition to any young person's library (and mine) because the nationality of so many breakthroughs don't get noticed or are forgotten and Canada has so much to be proud of. It's also a reminder that innovation can be generated by anyone. Very interesting, well-written, with great illustrations. ( )
  VivienneR | Oct 27, 2017 |
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Canadians are known as quiet, humble people, people who don’t ‘blow their own horn.’ But we should. “Innovation Nation” gives us fifty reasons why we should, from chocolate bars to gas masks to forensic pathology to dump trucks and the walkiexwalkie-talkie. All are Innovations of Canadians.

David Johnston, former Governor General of Canada, and Tom Jenkins, with colourful illustrations by John Holinaty, have written a factual book for 8 to 12 year olds highlighting the innovations in categories that show how Canadians have made the world a smarter, smaller, kinder, safer, healthier, wealthier, and happier place.

Innovation Nation provides great information for trivia games, school assignments, Canadian pride and entertainment. The next time you use a life jacket while canoeing, sit on a whoopee cushion while eating peanut butter or you are reading the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights give a shout out for the Canadian innovator!

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  pmarshall | Oct 19, 2017 |
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