Fascinating Facts For Kids About Atlantic Canada

Lisa Doucet reviews Sarah Sawler's 100 Things You Don't Know About Atlantic Canada For Kids (Nimbus Publishing)

100 Things You Don’t Know About Atlantic Canada (for Kids)
Sarah Sawler
Nimbus Publishing
(Ages 8-12)

(Disclaimer: I wish to gratefully acknowledge Woozles’ inclusion in this book. The opinions expressed in this review are nonetheless honest assessments.)

Readers who call Atlantic Canada home along with those who have never been to this part of our beautiful country will find much to intrigue them in these pages. Sarah Sawler, herself a native of Nova Scotia, has gathered an impressive array of informative tidbits about all four Atlantic provinces. These span a period of hundreds of years. Sawler regales us with little-known facts of history and contemporary nuggets of surprising truths.

Each of the 100 items also features a sidebar in which Sawler provides a suggestion for how you can “Learn More” or offers ideas for additional “Fun Stuff.” These include myriad parks, museums and other wonderful places children and families can visit, and an assortment of activities to delve more deeply into the various topics she touches on.

This fascinating compendium of Atlantic Canadian fun facts is enlightening for all ages but with a tone that displays a distinctly child-oriented sensibility. Sawler has kept her audience of young readers firmly in mind, not only in terms of which details she has selected for this book, but also in the easy, conversational style she has employed. She successfully manages to include an abundance of background information, when needed, to help put things into perspective and to give younger readers a clearer picture of a particular time in history.

The book showcases all four Atlantic provinces in equal measure and tantalizes readers with everything from shipwrecks and UFOs to pirates and peace pavilions. Sports, art, literature, natural disasters…they all appear here. The author highlights some of the quirkier aspects of modern life in the region, including an outhouse museum, a whirligig festical and a robot-lending library. This is a wonderful resource and a source of great entertainment for the entire family.

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Lisa Doucet is the co-manager of Woozles Children’s Bookstore in Halifax. She shares her passion for children’s and young adult books as our young readers editor and book reviewer.

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