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Linda Granfield. Illustrated by Craig Terlson.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 1990.
64pp., paper, $9.95.
ISBN 0-921103-88-3. CIP.

Subject Headings:
Elections-Canada-Juvenile literature.
Voting-Canada-Juvenile literature.

Grades 5-9 / Ages 10-14

Reviewed by Ila D. Scott.

Volume 18 Number 4
1990 July

The mysteries of the Canadian federal electoral process are painlessly explained in this highly interesting and light-hearted look at a complex subject. Granfield has succeeded in making her treatment both informative and enjoyable.

The nineteen short chapters present all aspects of a federal election from the dissolution of Parliament to the counting of ballots. Such topics as who runs an election, preparation of voter lists, setting electoral boundaries, political parties, campaigning for office, campaign contributions, advance polls and voting day are covered in the typical Kids Can Press format. Interspersed with the technical information are well-researched items of general or historic interest that add colour and fun.

Craig Terlson's experience as an editorial illustrator is obvious in the pen-and-ink drawings, which are reminiscent of newspaper political cartoons. These provide a touch of humour and visual balance on every double-page spread.

Although most of the difficult vocabulary is explained rather thoroughly in the text, the author has included a glossary. There is also an index.

This excellent, up-to-date work should be in every school library or classroom where students need information about one of Canada's most fundamental democratic rights: the right to vote.

Ila D. Scott, H.T. Coutts Library, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.
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