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Who was our first prime minister? What is Canada's smallest province? When did O Canada become the official national anthem? Is Medicine Hat a place or a person? Three kinds of bears live in Canada.  Which kind has a hump on its back? Are Canada's Juno…

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With new introduction! In May 2015, "In Flanders Fields," one of the most popular poems ever written on the subject of war, marked 100 years since it was written. This special edition celebrates that emotional anniversary. John McCrae's poem has…

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The lines of the celebrated poem are interwoven with fascinating information about the First World War, details of daily life in the trenches, accounts of McCrae's experience in his field hospital, and the circumstances that led to the writing of "In Flanders…

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Royal Canadian Air Force Pilot John Magee was only nineteen years old when he wrote the poem “High Flight” in 1941. Born in Shanghai and educated at Rugby School in England, Magee showed early promise as a poet. Impatient to take part in the war…

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When World War I began in 1914, no one knew that millions of young people would die in the agonizing years ahead. No one imagined the effect it would have on family life, or that whole villages would disappear, or that entire nations would be changed forever.…

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This award-winning tribute to the author of "In Flanders Fields" is now available in paperback. "In Flanders Fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses, row on row..." Every Canadian student, teacher, and parent can recite these powerful words. But behind every…

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In the aftermath of the First World War, countries mourned their fallen sons, brothers, husbands, and fathers. In 1920, in both France and England, memorials were erected to those lost heroes who had remained anonymous. Around the world other countries followed…

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A moving tribute to all the soldiers who have served with the Canadian Forces. A young soldier just returned from Afghanistan has many memories: the beauty of the mountains and wildflowers, the colours of land and sky . . . but also the tragedy that war has…

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Between 1928 and 1971, Pier 21 was the gateway of Canada. As the landing port for immigrants, it greeted more than one million new Canadians. It also saw many Canadians leave, including 368,000 soldiers who sailed overseas during the Second World War. This is the…

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As amazing as it seems, one of the world’s best-loved Christmas carols may have been written because of ravenous mice! Right before Christmas, 1818, in a church in the small town of Oberndorf, Austria, the mice were so hungry they chewed a hole in the…

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Spectacular, spectacular! The history and legacy of the circus At its heyday, the American circus was the largest show-biz industry the world had ever seen. From the mid-1800s to mid-1900s, traveling circuses performed for audiences of up to 14,000 per show,…

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TASCHEN 25 - Special edition! The greatest show on earth "This is a gee-whiz spectacle of a book, a three-ring extravaganza as bright as a pinball machine." —The New York Times Book Review During its heyday, the American circus was the…