The Kid’s Book of Canadian Firsts
Reviewed: December 3, 2002
By: Text by Valerie Wyatt
Illustrations by John Mantha
Publisher: Kids Can Press
56 pages, $18.95
we’re ever going to have a nation of adults who don’t simply complain about the
country all the time, we’ll have to start with the kids. This book, for the 4
to 8 year old crowd, seems like a good beginning.
general theme, “Canada Did it First”, is pretty clearly demonstrated in the
first of the two page spreads that make up the design of the book. Each chapter
is focussed on a particular theme: the land, explorers, transportation,
scientific discoveries, medicine, and ten others, a few of which do stretch to
are simple descriptions, profiles of individuals, and numerous photographs as
well as Mantha’s realistic illustrations.
is a good first fact book about Canada for kids. At the lower end of the
reading scale the adults will have to read it to them, and that will probably
be a good thing, too.