Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Hey Canada!

Bowers, Vivien (Author)
Pavlovic, Milan (Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2012. 72 pages
First published: 2012
ISBN: 9781770492554 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 971
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

figurative language, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This lively, informative resource combines personal narrative, photographs and illustrations to tell the story – past and present – of our vast and diverse country. Told through the narrative of a hip grandmother who takes nine-year-old Alice and her cousin Cal (as well as their stowaway hamster) on a road trip across Canada “before she’s old and creaky,” the book begins in Newfoundland and takes readers west through each province and territory.

“Reporting from the backseat,” Alice documents their journey through blogs, poems, songs, comic strips and tweets, making the facts of Canada’s history, founders, customs, landmarks, nature and geography both fun and accessible. Chapters are introduced with a simple map, provincial bird and flower, and a meaningful sub-title below the name of the province or territory (e.g. Nova Scotia: Bring on the Bagpipes). The book is peppered with “Find It!” tasks, amusing hamster updates and a smattering of subtle humour (e.g. Gran’s selective bouts of deafness). It also includes a useful index and table of contents, a map of the country and a reproduction of all the flags of Canada.

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    Discuss the idea of going across Canada with your grandmother and cousins. How would it be different than going with your parents? How long do you think it would take to cross Canada?

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    Individually or in small groups, choose a province and learn all about it. Become the expert and share your information with the class. 

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    Imagine you are a visitor coming to your province. Make a scrapbook of important information and pictures that tell them about your province.

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    Imagine you are one of the characters in the book. Write a blog entry telling about your trip so far. 

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    Make an advertisement for one of the provinces, highlighting things that families can do and see in the area.

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    Skim through the book. Talk about the information and how it is organized (e.g. table of contents, illustrations, Cal’s historical u-turn, titles, blogs). 

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    Choose and read a chapter with a partner. Take notes on five fun facts from that chapter and share them with the class.

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    Draft a travel brochure for one of the places in the book.

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Media Literacy
  • Geography, History and Citizenship