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Wow, Canada! : exploring this land from coast to coast to coast
Bowers, Vivien, 1951-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Toronto : Owl Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
160 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps, portraits (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.5 2.0 50225.

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
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F1008.2 .B69 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
F1008.2 .B69 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
F1008.2 .B69 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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What could be more fun than a cross-country car trip with your parents and your younger sister? Twelve-year-old Guy can think of lots of things, but even he's won over with this adventure. His family's surprise-filled travels take them from one end of Canada to the other, even up to Nunavut, the newest territory. Curious but cool, Guy is the perfect narrator on this national odyssey. Honest, and often downright hilarious, his wry backseat observations, as well as those of his younger sister, Rachel, will be a hit with young readers. Their engaging tales will make this one car trip that anyone would want to take!

This rollicking, informative and absorbing discovery of Canada's many splendors is a refreshing celebration of the country. Author Vivien Bowers has a keen sense of what appeals to young readers, and she turns up new information that captures the spirit of the many regions that make up Canada.

Guaranteed to delight and inform, Wow Canada! is filled with:

amazing Canadian facts Canada's historical wonders wacky postcards from Canada's odd corners cartoon adventures of Bucko Beaver photos and illustrations of Canada's most famous sights...and some hidden gems!

The 3-D scrapbook-style design, bright artwork and stunning photographs complement the fast pace and refreshing style of this bountiful book. Humorous sidebars appear throughout, such as Food I Was Introduced to for My Own Good and Exceedingly Weird bits of Canadian Trivia . According to Mom explains the natural history of Canada, while Dad's scientific knowledge is imparted in According to Dad . Each chapter concludes with a list of even more Places to Go and Things We'll Do Next Time , and provides readers with the best provincial Websites on the Net. Gorgeous, panoramic artscapes by Dan Hobbs open each chapter as the intrepid family makes their way across each province and territory.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. In this illustrated, informational travel story, a family tours the Canadian provinces from British Columbia to Newfoundland and back across the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon. As Mom, Dad, Guy, and Rachel observe the landscape, visit museums and tourist sites, and exchange banter, Guy provides the first-person text, which is supplemented by journal entries, facts from Mom and Dad, postcards from Rachel to her cat, slides, photos, e-mail messages to Guy's friend at home, and an ongoing cartoon saga illustrating the cross-country adventures of Bucko Beaver. Each province or territory is introduced with a two-page stylized map. This brightly illustrated introduction to Canada is informal, often humorous, and always informative. A large-format Canadian book that provides a flavorful alternative to the often bland travel books for children. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-This engaging travel book is written as the journal of 13-year-old Guy as he tours Canada with his parents and younger sister, Rachel. Bowers presents chapters on each province and territory with information about major cities along the way. Each section also includes a list of "Things We'll Do and Places We'll Go Next Time," which may lead to further reading. The boy's easy-to-read, conversational narrative is supplemented with Rachel's postcards and his e-mail correspondence with their friends back home. Sidebars labeled "According to Mom/Dad" feature historical and cultural information. Others called "Exceedingly Weird" and "Food I Was Introduced to for My Own Good" offer humorous bits of trivia and descriptions of regional dishes. Readers will appreciate the interplay among the family members as well as their reactions to various historic and tourist venues. The full-color graphics include illustrations, cartoons, photographs, slides, and maps. The thoughtful and humorous presentation distinguishes this book from others on the subject. Quick facts about each province including size, population, cities, and industries are appended. In addition, children are sure to appreciate "Guy's Family Car Trip Survival Tips," which appear throughout. A lively, valuable addition.-Betsy Fraser, Calgary Public Library, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Introducing ... the Trip! Our whole family is going on a trip across Canada. When my parents told us, they said we had to do it now because in two years I'll be fourteen and "cool," and I won't want to go anywhere with my family. "A trip across Canada? Will it be fun? Are you sure it's not going to be educational?" I've learned it pays to ask these things in my family. My mon used to be a teacher, and she can't always turn it off. "Really fun," my parents answered together. Mom paused a moment. "And nothing remotely educational about it." "This is a plot so Guy doesn't spend all summer inside playing computer games, isn't it?" said my younger sister, Rachel. She's ten and she thinks she knows everything. "We hadn't even considered that," said Dad. Yeah, right. Rachel wants to know how far we'll be going. Dad tells here its about 6,000 km (3,730 miles) across Canada, not including trips to the northern territories on our way back. "Hey, maybe I'll find some rocks for my rock collection," Rachel announced. She has about a million different collections. "Very small rocks, I hope," said Dad. "What are you going to collect, Guy?" "Wildlife." "We're going to have more wildlife in the car? Won't there be enough in the back seat already?" Mom asked. "I just want to see some wildlife. I'm brining my binoculars. I'd like to see at least one new animal in every province. Preferably charging at the car," I added. "Then you won't need your binoculars after all," Rachel answered. "I'm bringing Bucko, my stuffed beaver. He's been wanting to see more of Canada, since he is our national animal." I got a look at some of the other things she's put in her backpack for the trip. You wouldn't believe the weird things she's bringing. Do you really need to have your favourite collection of bottle caps on a car trip across Canada? My parents gave us each a journal. Mom said, "You should bring your drawing material, Guy. There will be lots of opportunities for your great cartoons." "You could draw a cartoon about Bucko Beaver's trip across Canada," Rachel suggested. "Dumb idea, Rachel," I said. On the other hand... Excerpted from Exploring This Land from Coast to Coast by Vivien Bowers All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Introducing ... The Trip!
British Columbia
The Pacific Coast Good Weather
The Pacific Coast Bad Weather
The Mountains
The Hydro Dam and "Avalance!"
Goodbye B.C.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park
Birds of Prey and Dinosaurs
So Long, Alberta
Campfire Chat: Where does Popcorn Come From?
Cypress Hills
The Prairies
Moose Jaw and Regina
So Long Saskatchewan
Happy Birthday to Me!
Snakes and Lakes
Are We There Yet?
North Shore of Lake Superior
Georgian Bay
More Toronto
Niagara Falls
Cheerio, Ontario
More Montreal
Quebec City
The North Shore
Au Revoir, Quebec
Campfire Chat: Ici on parle français
Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown, Red Mud, and Spuds
Off We Go Again
New Brunswick
The Acadian Coast
Saint John River Valley
Grand Manan Island
Moving Right Along
Nova Scotia
The Fundy Coast
Around Halifax
Louisbourg, 1744
Down the Coal Mine
Farewell to Nova Scotia
Newfoundland and Labrador
St John's
Kayaking and other Newfoundland Stuff
Gros Morne
Vikings, Labrador, and Icebergs
Farewell, Atlantic Canada
Campfire Chat: Sneezing in Other Languages
Northwest Territories
Canoeing on Hidden Lake
Ever Onward
Iqaluktuutiaq (Cambridge Bay)
On the Land and in Cambridge Bay
Twelve Down, One to Go.
To the Klondike By Land
To the Klondike By River
Dawson City
What's Next?
Campfire Chat: We did It!
It's the Facts