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In this week's CM

This week's CM features a number of books for young readers that address some of the issues they may confront in their everyday lives. The themes of difference and exclusion are explored in many of the titles. These differences are based on many of the realities of contemporary Canadian life - the immigrant experience, emotional and cultural adaptation, and sibling rivalry.

We also tell you about two projects - one national and one regional - that provide free educational kits to Canadian schools. With Flying Colours produced by the Department of Canadian Heritage is designed to help Canadian students come to a greater understanding and appreciation of our national symbols.

"Brother Can You Spare A Dime?" produced by the Association for Manitoba Archives provides students with primary archival resources and teachers with an opportunity to make history come alive.

As always, if you have any comments on any of our reviews or features, please write.

Peter Tittenberger


Table of Contents

Volume III Number 14
March 14, 1997

Book Reviews

cdnAlice Falls Apart.
Perry Nodelman. Illustrated by Stuart Duncan.
Review by Naomi Gerrard.
Preschool - grade 3 / Ages 3 - 8.

cdnSarah and the People of Sand River.
Bill Valgardson. Illustrated by Ian Wallace.
Review by Michele F. Kallio.
Grades 2 - 7 / Ages 7 - 12.

cdnSteel Drums And Ice Skates.
Dirk McLean. Illustrated by Ho Che Anderson.
Review by Naomi Gerrard.
Grades 1 - 4 / Ages 6 - 9.

cdnMerlin's Castle.
Laszlo Gal.
Review by Jo-Anne Mary Benson.
Kindergarten - grade 6 / Ages 5 - 11.

cdnA Mountain Alphabet.
Margriet Ruurs. Illustrated by Andrew Kiss.
Review by Deborah Mervold.
Grades 1 and up / Ages 6 and up.

cdnThe Fish Princess.
Irene N. Watts. Illustrated by Steve Mennie.
Review by Jennifer Johnson.
Grades 3 and up / Ages 8 and up.

intDick King-Smith's Animal Friends.
Dick King-Smith and Anita Jeram.
Review by Michele F. Kallio.
Grades 2 - 4 / Ages 7 - 9.

cdnThe Enchanted Horses.
Chrystine Brouillet. Illustrated by Nathalie Gagnon.
Translated by Linda Gaboriau.
Review by Jennifer Johnson.
Grades 3 - 6 / Ages 8 - 11.

cdnWater Fight!
Michele Martin Bossley.
Review by Deborah Mervold.
Grades 3 - 6 / Ages 8 - 11.

cdnWind Shifter.
Linda Smith.
Review by Jo-Anne Mary Benson.
Grades 6 and up / Ages 11 and up.

CD-ROM Review

cdnKlondike Gold Rush.
IDON East Corporation.
Review by Harriet Zaidman.
Grades 6 - 12 / Ages 11 - 17.


cdn"Brother Can You Spare a Dime?"
Getting the Inside Story on the Depression in Manitoba.
John Einarson and the Association for Manitoba Archives.
Feature by Martha McLeod and Ian Stewart.


cdnBulletin Board.

cdnWith Flying Colours.
A Classroom Kit on Canadian Symbols.

cdnBridging the Gap: Information Rich but Knowledge Poor.
IASL/ATLC Conference, July 6 - 11, 1997.

cdnBest Bets of 1996.
Selected by the OLA Canadian Materials Committee.

cdnAmelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award.
List of 1996 nominees announced.

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Managing Editor
Peter Tittenberger

Copyright © 1997 the Manitoba Library Association. Reproduction for personal use is permitted only if this copyright notice is maintained. Any other reproduction is prohibited without permission.

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The Manitoba Library Association
ISSN 1201-9364