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The Kids Book of Canadian Exploration

The Kids Book of Canadian Exploration    
Format Hardcover
Catalogue No. 1-55337-353-7
Pages 56
Language English only
Price $19.95
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Written by Ann-Maureen Owens and Jane Yealland, and illustrated by John Mantha.
Published by Kids Can Press Ltd., 2004.


From Native peoples in search of new hunting grounds to European fishermen out for bigger catches, explorers were drawn to Canada for many reasons. They discovered a vast and mysterious land that took hundreds of years to explore and map. But the story of Canadian exploration doesn't end there. With no new lands left to discover, present-day explorers focus on outer space, the ocean and the preservation of Earth's changing ecosystems. In this informative overview, kids will learn about the people, places and discoveries that have shaped our country. Featuring fact boxes, mini-profiles, maps, a timeline and more, this book offers an engaging look at Canada's history.

In The Kids Book of Canadian Exploration, you'll read about:
  • A daring sixth-century monk, St. Brendan, who explored the stormy North Atlantic in a tiny wooden boat.
  • Jacques Cartier's first voyage to Canada, when he saw animals Europeans had never seen, including polar bears and walrus.
  • How French explorer Pierre la Vérendrye was convinced that Lake Winnipeg led to the Pacific Ocean!
  • How hundreds of sailors and ships ended up buried beneath Arctic ice, in their quest for the Northwest passage.
  • How Native women built birchbark canoes, prepared animal skins for trade and made pemmican, an early "fast food."
  • Superstar astronaut Julie Payette, the first Canadian aboard the International Space Station.
This attractive book is suited to children ages 8-12 (Grades 3-7).

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