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The Big Book of Canada

Exploring the Provinces and Territories

Written by Christopher MooreAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Christopher Moore
Illustrated by Bill SlavinAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Bill Slavin
Introduction by Janet LunnAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Janet Lunn

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This gorgeous book is the must-have geography resource for every young reader. Leading the reader across Canada, province by province, veteran writer Christopher Moore introduces the things that make this country unique. Each province and territory is explored and defined not only by its physical features, but also by its history, the people that make up its population, and the industry and culture that distinguish each region. The book is lavishly illustrated by well-known artist Bill Slavin, and features 150 full color photos.

The gift book, reference book, and just plain fun-to-read book of the season – and many seasons to come!
Christopher Moore|Bill Slavin|Janet Lunn

About Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore - The Big Book of Canada
Christopher Moore has been described as Canada's most versatile writer of history. A winner of the Governor General's Award and other literary prizes, he writes widely about Canadian history for adults and children. He has also developed historical materials for historic sites, museums, radio, and television, and he speaks frequently to a wide variety of audiences. He writes a long-running column on history and historians for The Beaver: Canada's History Magazine. A past chair of the Writers' Union of Canada, Christopher Moore lives in Toronto.

About Bill Slavin

Bill Slavin - The Big Book of Canada

Photo © E. Melo

Bill Slavin has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including The Big Book of Canada, Bleeps and Blips to Rocket Ships and Shooting Hoops and Skating Loops. His work has received numerous awards, including the 2004 Blue Spruce Award and the 2004 CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's medal, both for his work on Stanley's Party. He shares his studio in Millbrook, Ontario with his wife, Esperança Melo.

About Janet Lunn

Janet Lunn - The Big Book of Canada

Photo © Authea Weese

Tundra’s JANET LUNN is the author of several award-winning books, including The Root Cellar, Come to the Fair, and, with Christopher Moore, The Story of Canada. Her honors include the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award, and the Vicky Metcalfe Award for a Body of Work. She has been awarded the Order of Ontario, and is a member of the Order of Canada. She was born in Dallas, Texas, grew up in rural Vermont, and has lived in Canada for over fifty years. Janet Lunn now resides in Ottawa.


The Big Book moves…across the continent from east to west…Bill Slavin’s inimitable watercolours, supplemented by black-and-white and colour photographs, add their own touch of whimsy to this excellent addition to school or home bookshelf.”
The Globe and Mail

“…this book provides readers with a wealth of information…what sets [it] apart from the rest is the inclusion of little-known interesting facts…A valuable resource for any library or classroom…Highly Recommended.”
CM Magazine

“… an outstanding book… [I]llustrations…complement the text and add great visual appeal for the readers… Presented in a style which will appeal to the younger reader, it will also be welcomed by older readers and even adults. The information is accurate and well-researched…This book can be used in Canadian social studies programs at the elementary, junior high and high school levels. It will be welcomed by teachers and students alike. It is highly recommended as a purchase for school and public libraries or as an addition to family collections about Canada.”
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“This is a big book and an excellent addition to classroom and library resources…it is an intelligent and well-researched book that is insightful and interesting.”
Children’s Book News

“…no current text matches its depth and breadth. Though written for ages eight and up, Moore’s text will engross readers much younger and older, making it an excellent family as well as library resource…For once, Canada’s writers and artists get plenty of attention, and teachers in particular will appreciate the list of suggested fiction about each territory.”
Quill & Quire

“…LOTS of information…is presented in a clear, straightforward manner.”
Toronto Families

“…it is 256 pages of important and quirky facts about different parts of the country…Parents are quite likely to find themselves thumbing through this beautifully illustrated book…Dedicated young readers will devour it from cover to cover, others will flip through, stopping where fancy leads and others will treat it as a reference book. In all cases it makes a lovely, lasting gift.”
The New Glasgow Evening News

“…an encyclopedia with a sense of fun.”
The Ottawa Citizen

The Big Book of Canada does a wonderful job of displaying the country ‘as a collection of neighbourhoods with personalities.’…It is full of photos and delightful illustrations…This is indeed a big book, with a delightful approach to the celebration of a great country in the variety and diversity of all its neighbourhoods…an excellent and entertaining resource…”
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