Hey Canada!

Hey Canada!


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Gran has decided that she is taking nine-year-old Alice and eight-year-old Cal on a road trip across Canada “before she’s old and creaky.” With a sparkling combination of poems, silly songs, tweets and blogs, the trio records the trip for readers everywhere to share. Starting in St. John’s Newfoundland, where they have a “find-it” list that includes a moose and an iceberg and going all the way to the Pacific Ocean, the gang in Hey Canada! offers a delightful way to learn about vast, varied, and surprising Canada.

The book combines narrative, poems, photos, comics about historical events such as the battle at Fortress Louisburg, maps (including provincial flags, birds, and flowers), in a lively, easily accessible format. Not only great fun to read, this is a valuable resource for young Canadians and for visitors across the country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770492554
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 828,540
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Vivien Bowers was born in Vancouver, Canada, and was a grade five teacher. She has been a freelance writer for more than twenty-five years, writing elementary and secondary school materials, as well as non-fiction books and magazine articles for both adults and children. She has garnered many awards for her work, including the Canadian Science Association “Science in Society” journalism award, the Red Cedar Book Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award, and the BC Book Prize. Bowers has two grown sons and lives at the base of the mountains outside Nelson, BC.
Milan Pavlovic holds a Master’s degree in Illustration and is an award-winning illustrator for children. His work has been regularly published in Europe, in forms of children’s and educational books, kid’s reviews, daily newspapers, and comic magazines.

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Hey Canada! 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
quaintlittlehead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Hey Canada!" takes children on a journey across the second largest country through the fictional adventures of Alice, Cal, and their Gran (and Hamster). Alice is the reader's foil, a new initiate to the Canadian countryside; Cal is the brainy know-it-all who supplies the facts; and Gran is the source of comic relief. The author is a former Grade 5 teacher, and this book looks like it would fit that age level perfectly (provided that you're a native speaker of English on grade level; the lack of a picture for every topic makes this book require the ability to contextualise and apply real-world knowledge, and the author uses some very subtle sarcasm at times). The book's chapters are written as Alice's blog entries, while Cal supplies "tweets" with additional facts, and Gran contributes a silly poem here or there. The book is irreverent in a child-friendly way (Cal warns readers to avoid haggis and dulse, for example, where most adult travel guides would encourage delighting in local fare), while being remarkably sensitive to the varied peoples of Canada. My favourite citation:"And Gran says we're in Denendeh -- the land of the Dene people.'Did they live here long ago?' I asked.'They live here now,' said Gran. 'Check out their Facebook page.'"The book hits every province, and though it certainly can't cover everything in 68 pages (and come on, no mention at all of poutine?), it does a nice job of balancing natural wonders, historical information, local culture, and famous sites for each place visited. This is definitely not an encyclopaedia, but it is a fun entrée into travel across this fascinating country. Comics at the end of each chapter take you back in time to imagine the scene of some significant past event, and checklists of things to look for in each chapter could be used either to focus students' reading for main ideas, or as the basis for a real-life scavenger hunt if you indeed visit those places. Even as an adult, I learned a lot that I didn't know about Canada, and would enjoy replicating this trip myself.
VaterOlsen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Hey Canada" by Vivien Bowers runs into a common pitfall: a topic as broad as Canada is difficult to cover in any depth while maintaining interest and readability for youth.Fictional characters Gran, Cal, and Alice take on a trip across Canada, visiting every province, territory, and capitol city. Each province or territory is introduced with it's flower and bird along with an list of items to find there. Side notes include "Cal's Tweets," "Hamster Updates," "Cal's Historial U-turns (graphic vignettes)," and "It's The Truth!" provide additional information.While a trip seems like a good method of introducing a country, there is too much text spent tying the travel plot line together, and too little information about Canada itself. For example, the travelers visit the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. "We walked through the Canada Hall, which goes through a thousand years of Canadian history. Cal zoomed through his historical tour at warp speed, then spent the rest of the time going up and down the escalators. Gran took two hours for her tour. She came out looking bug-eyed." At the surface a "personal" tour of Canada seems appealing, however a longer book with more detail, designed to be browsed will be more enjoyable.Book reviewed provided by Tundra Books.
melydia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alice, Cal, and Gran are taking a road trip across Canada, visiting every province. Their journey is documented primarily by Alice ("reporting from the backseat") with tweets, poems, and other interjections from Cal and Gran interspersed. I loved the often subtle humor (especially Gran's selective deafness) and I found the brief overview of each province both informative and enticing. Aside from a quick trip to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls almost two decades ago, I've never visited our northern neighbors, and this book made me want to. I don't know how much a Canadian child would get out of this text, but this ignorant American thought it was just delightful.
callmejacx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story told by a nine year old girl named Alice. She has started writing a blog on her ¿Gran¿s¿ notebook. This book is her blog. Her gran wanted to do a road trip with her two grandchildren across Canada, coast to coast to coast. Alice¿s eight year old cousin, Cal, is along on the trip. To gran¿s s surprise Cal has brought his pet hamster.The adventure starts in Newfoundland and Labrador and travel all the provinces. I feel that this book will keep a child¿s attention with its bold print, it¿s colourful cartoon pictures, it¿s colourful photo¿s., it¿s fun dialogue, it¿s informative and sometimes cute side-bars which include hamster updates, Cal¿s tweets, small poems and one side-bar called "Find it".Every province starts the page with their official flower and bird and a map of that province. The topics the author has chosen are all about the same length. I feel this keeps their attention and anxious to read the next topic.Vivien Bowers also has a page that is all cartoon called Cal¿s Historical U-turn. It¿s a part of history that is told in a short cartoon.All that I read was interesting. There were even things mentioned that I didn¿t know, like making a lake in Saskatchewan. Love this book. It was fun and joy to read. It will make a wonderful gift for my granddaughter.I highly recommend it.
DeltaQueen50 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great book of travel tips and historical information on Canada aimed at 8 to 12 year olds. Written in the form of a travel diary, the book follows a threesome of two children and their grandmother as they drive across Canada from the east coast to the west and then on up north across the various territories.Allowing for a young person¿s short attention span, the book is laid out in a colourful, interesting style with lots of pictures, sidebars and humor (mostly involving a hamster, their fourth travel companion). From Hamster Updates to Cal's Tweets these short, often humorous pieces, both embellish and engage. Hey Canada would be a great way to introduce children to Canada¿s varied landscapes, climate, multicultural people, and rich history, and it does all this without becoming long-winded or boring. Hey Canada made me want to jump in my car and head out to explore our vast and picturesque homeland.
KWROLSEN on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hey Canada! is an engaging non-fiction book about Canada. I enjoyed the extensive information presented in a playful manner. The photographs, narratives, and sort sections about each province made this book interesting and easy-to-read. The characters were funny and kid-friendly. This book will be a great resource in my 6th grade classroom.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: Always on the lookout for good books about Canadian geography. There are plenty around these days, but not many I'd label much better than just OK. This book's format and artwork attracted me.I've read several children's Canadian geography books and while they get the job done, dull is usually the optimum word. Either that, or they become pages of factoids with no narrative to carry the book. Bowers' "Hey Canada!" manages to avoid these pitfalls and brings to elementary children and interesting, entertaining and educational tour of our country province by province. Divided into chapters which each are devoted to a province or territory, the story is told in a narrative from the girl, Alice's point of view. She is purportedly recording all this on a blog of their adventure. Her cousin Cal, who is younger than her, but also the brainy one, will come up with interesting factoids to Tweet as he is the official Twitter poster of the group. In this way the journey across each province is told in a fictional story of the family, with humour, Gran is a fun young grandmother and they've got their pet hamster traveling with them by supposed accident. As the story is told the facts are presented about each province and area concentrating on all things a tourist would like to know about: the wildlife, the land, the history, the peoples, the customs and specifics unusual to each area. Some provinces are given more page space than others; of course Ontario has the most pages devoted to it and Saskatchewan is lucky to get three but I think a fair shake has been given to all the p's and t's outside of over-represented Ontario and Quebec. Plenty of interesting, positive information has been given leaving the reader with a sense of wanting to really visit these places. While the main characters are 8 and 9, I think the book will hold the interest across the elementary grades of 1-6, certainly as an introduction to Canada as a whole and the provinces/territories singularly. I'd recommend this as a quick brush through the topic or as a starting point, using other books to branch out into deeper study. The most entertaining Canadian geography book out there at the moment, that I've seen.