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Allan Moak

Montreal, Tundra Books, 1984.32 pp, paper, ISBN 0-88776-161-5 (cloth) $14.95, 0-88776-238-7 (paper) $5.95
Distributed by University of Toronto Press. CIP

Kindergarten and up/Ages 5 and up
Reviewed by Jane M. Smith.

Volume 18 Number 1
1990 January

Allan Moak has lived and painted in Toronto for over twenty years. His col­ourful, charming works have been ex­hibited in some twenty-five galleries across Canada.

To create A Big City ABC, he simply chose some of the places he feels makes Toronto a particularly wonderful city for children. With the freedom and delight of a primitive painter, he presents Toronto through the eyes of a child: the city hall rink for family skating; miles of waterfront for flying kites, watching tugboats, catching a ferry; the Blue Jays and BJ. Bird; parks and gardens for summer; piles of leaves for autumn; snow for forts and angels and snowball fights and snowmen; Casa Loma; the "Ex," which makes the end of summer bearable; back laneways and old neighbourhoods; fascinating construction sights; the wonderful zoo; comer variety stores, junk stores, delis and markets.

On the last few pages, Allan Moak lovingly explains to his young readers the locations, histories and details of each painting and challenges them to make a big city ABC of their own favourite places.

Toronto children of all ages will enjoy this tour of their special city. Highly recommended for classrooms in the metropolitan Toronto area and any place that wants to know what Toronto is all about from a child's point of view.

Jane M. Smith, Calico Public School, North York, Ont.
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