Hey Canada!

Hardcover | May 8, 2012

byVivien BowersIllustratorMilan Pavlovic

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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.

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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...

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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:72 pages, 11.35 × 8.48 × 0.48 inPublished:May 8, 2012Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1770492550

ISBN - 13:9781770492554

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect book for homeschooling! I was looking for a fun book to teach my son about our beautiful country. This is a fun book with important facts, photos, illustrations and a story that kids will identify with.
Date published: 2013-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hey Canada!: A Review from The Bibliotaphe Closet It doesn’t matter if you’re Canadian or not, this book, Hey Canada! is going to make you smile. And if you’re a blogger, you might even smile more! The book is narrated by nine-year-old Alice who’s “writing [a] blog on Gran’s netbook,” about her coast-to-coast trip across Canada with Gran, her grandmother, her cousin, Cal, and their pet hamster. The story moves from each province, starting in Newfoundland and travelling through each province and territory, outlining key places and facts about its culture, cultural sites, monuments, landmarks, history, nature and climate, animals, and geography—pretty much anything and everything, a potpourri of Canadian, encyclopaedic information—but it’s done in such a way that it’s both educational as well as fun to read for both children and adults. It incorporates photography, cartoon graphics, and great sidebars that are both creative and fun, which include: a Find It box that lists things you can find in each province: Cal’s Tweets Hamster Updates Cal’s Factoids There’s even a periodical comic strip featured as Cal’s Historical U-Turn that explains a little background history explaining founders and origins for each province! This book is a lot more than I expected it to be where it happily combines the realism of photographs to show the true context of key places and artefacts within each province along with the cartoon graphics of the book’s characters who, in their excited narrative, carry us, story-wise, from coast-to-coast. Its humour and its layout is what makes this book a great grab. Because of the way it’s written and laid out, the reader can read the book from beginning to end, page-to-page, or randomly pick tidbits out and still thoroughly learn and enjoy new information about Canada and its provinces. It’s also written in a narrative that children will understand and connect with while at the same time remain informative and entertaining to both children and adults. Hey Canada! is a fun, creative, and informative book that reads like the adventure it claims and the discovery it promotes and would be a great addition to any personal library. To see more reviews, you're more than welcome to visit my blog: The Bibliotaphe's Closet: http://zaraalexis.wordpress.com
Date published: 2012-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Take a Road Trip Across Canada 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.
Date published: 2012-07-06

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FINALIST, BC Book Prizes’ Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize "This is probably the best Canadian travel book written for pre-teens.... Filled with facts, simply related history, engaging tales and colour illustrations presented as souvenirs, postcards and slides, Hey Canada! is guaranteed to stimulate a youngster's urge to explore the country." —The Globe and Mail“…Observations about capital cities and tourist attractions are captured in Alice’s blog, Cal’s tweets, and their grandmother’s poetry…. Full-page comic strips interspersed throughout and the hamster updates keep the tone of the narration light. Color photographs, cartoon illustrations, and interactive sidebars entitled ‘Find It’ add visual appeal. Bowers gives readers an honest, attractive, and interesting glimpse into this nation’s geography and culture by highlighting the unique aspects of each province and territory.”— School Library Journal  “[Hey Canada!] aims to both entertain and inform. A smattering of information about the country’s history, nature, landmarks, and geography is interspersed with the repartee of the three human travelers and reports on the shenanigans of the constantly escaping hamster. Illustrations depict the travelers as cartoon characters and frequently insert them into the abundant small photos and drawings of locations…. Students looking for an overview of Canada will find this useful….” —Booklist  “…Geared for a younger audience, Hey Canada! is easier to read and will be enjoyed by boys and girls alike. The text flows with facts as well as humorous anecdotes made by the two kids and Gran…. Bowers has done a wonderful job of keeping the story flowing with information that could have become boring, but that stays alive because of the kids’ quips.”—Recommended, CM Magazine  “… With poems, silly songs, tweets and blogs, the trio records the trip and offers a delightful way to learn about vast, varied, and surprising Canada.” —The Calgary Sun