Good night, Canada by Andrea Beck. Book Review.

This is a simple picture book that pictures the provinces and territories from East to West through a child’s eyes. It begins with a child looking out the window toward a harbour. It reads:

  • I’m in bed in my house,
  • where the land meets the sea.
  • If I sit at my window,
  • will you look for me?

On the third page it explains the provinces from sea to sea and the three territories as we say good night Canada.

Good night, Nova Scotia features a harbour with empty lobster traps, a lighthouse, a weathervane with the man in a Macintosh coat and rain hat, and a view into a window where little girl reads a book to her teddy bears and the sailing ship sits on her Bureau. . Prince Edward Island is mostly represented by farmland. New Brunswick has waved carved stones, humpback whales, and a cargo ship. Québec has hockey skates, airplanes, and  Bonhomme – short for bonhomme de neige (snowman). And so it continues until we reach Nunavut where an Inuit child stands on top of an igloo while his husky dogs sleep by his sled.

The book seems a little stereotyped and lacking originality. It would be usable with a preschool or kindergarten child as an introduction to Canada. I don’t think it would be much use teaching children in a classroom but I think it would be enjoyable as a book to share with a very young child on a one-to-one basis.

Bonnie Ferrante: Books For All Ages


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