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Linda Bailey's Carson Crosses Canada Introduces Canada to Young Readers with a Cross-Country Adventure

Updated on June 6, 2017
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Young Readers are Introduced to the Beauty of Canada Along with Carson's Adventures

Road trips are always exciting and pets add to the fun. Annie Magruder and her little dog Carson are going on a car trip to visit Annie's sister in Canada. Annie's sister lives in Newfoundland, and the long trip allows them to pass through many Canadian provinces with beautiful scenic views. Annie packs the car with Carson's favorite toys and food.

Their route takes them through the Rocky Mountains and a camping adventure is part of the beginning of many more. They reach Lake Winnipeg and Carson has the opportunity to swim. Niagara Falls amazes them with the wall of water. They stop for lunch at a quaint Canadian city where Carson is introduced to the French language when someone called him a chien. They order a pork pie called a tourtiere. They finally arrive at their destination in Newfoundland. Annie's sister is delighted to see both of them and a wonderful surprise is waiting for Carson.

Carson Crosses Canada is beautifully illustrated in watercolor. Both richly dark and pastel colors are used to illustrate the Canadian scenery. Bailey's picture book offers picturesque scenes from the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. A map is part of the book with Annie's route through Canada traced in red. Interesting sights such as Dinosaur Provincial Park and Niagara Falls are numbered on the map.

Carson Crosses Canada was published by Tundra Books, a division of Penguin/Random House Publishers. It is recommended for ages 4-8 and has an ISBN of 978-1-101-91883-8.

Travel Canada with Carson and Annie

Travel map for young readers
Travel map for young readers

Meet the Author and Illustrator

Linda Bailey is an award-winning author with more than 20 books for children to her credit. She has won awards from both Canada and the United States for her work. She is the recipient of the Blue Spruce Award, the Atlantic Provinces Hackmatack Award, and the Arthur Ellis Award for excellence in Canadian Crime writing. She is also the recipient of the California Young Reader Medal and the Georgia Storybook Award. She now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Kass Reich contributed her talents as an illustrator to Carson Crosses Canada. She works as an artist after working as an early childhood educator in Beijing. Her career as an early childhood educator led her to begin making picture books for young readers. After traveling and living in Hong Kong, London, and Australia, she now lives in Toronto.

Reich's Rich Watercolor Illustrations Introduce Young Readers to Canadian Scenery

Watercolor illustration of Canadian scenery
Watercolor illustration of Canadian scenery
Carson and Annie at Niagara Falls
Carson and Annie at Niagara Falls

Road Trips with Dogs

Carson Crosses Canada is a fun read if your family is going to make a road trip with the family dog. Road trips offer families an opportunity for bonding and trips that include the family's dog can add to the bonding experience. Preparing your dog for the trip can be time-consuming. Annie packs favorite toys and food for Carson. Carson has a squeaky toy, but to avoid some amount of stress in your car, it might be a good idea to pack quiet toys for your dog. A safety-certified crash tested crate is also recommended to keep your dog safe. There are numerous safety seats and seat belts for dogs that can be purchased. It is also recommended that chew toys be provided. Your veterinarian can recommend a mild sedative and remedies for car sickness if your dog is subject to hyperactivity while traveling. It is a good idea to keep your pet's ID attached to the collar and and have your pet on a leash when stopping for breaks. Carson receives a surprise when Annie arrives at her sister's home. You might consider rewarding your dog with a special treat when you arrive at your destination.

Carson's Road Trip

Carson's road trip
Carson's road trip

Canadian Landmarks Featured in Beautiful Picture Book

Bailey's Carson Crosses Canada includes a map at the conclusion of the book with special Canadian landmarks featured and marked on the route. Quebec City, the Bay of Fundy, Niagara Falls and Lake Winnipeg are just a few landmarks that are included. Young readers will enjoy learning about these landmarks with added exploration of Canada.

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