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Christopher Moore's Big Book of Canada Celebrates Canada's 150th Birthday with Beautiful Photos and Fun Facts

Updated on June 2, 2017
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Explore Canada with The Big Book of Canada

Christopher Moore's updated edition of The Big Book of Canada is a beautifully illustrated book with more than 140 photographs and a wealth of interesting facts about Canada. The book includes maps of each region in Canada, facts about the landscape of each province, timelines of important dates for each province, and sections that describe the people of each region, the work that is done in each province, and notable areas of each province. The provinces of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut are all part of this complete work.

Janet Lunn's introduction describes this as an "atlas-size" book that will appeal to all ages. She describes the most interesting parts of the book as containing little-known facts and information that aptly fit each of the provinces. A list of additional books about Canada and its provinces completes this lavish book.

The Big Book of Canada was published by Tundra Books, a division of Penguin/Random House Publishers. and is recommended for ages 9-12. Adults will also enjoy this as an addition to their home bookshelf. Armchair travelers or people who have visited Canada will find this book to be a collectible edition. The Big Book of Canada has an ISBN of 978-1-10191-894-4.

A Beautiful Book for Your Bookshelf or Coffee Table


Maps and Geography of Canadian Provinces

The Big Book of Canada contains a map of each province that is presented in striking colors and dotted with small illustrations of the wildlife that is found in each province, interesting architectural features, and people of the region. The large maps fill the pages with geographical information. Small pictures of historical places in each province also have a place on the maps.

Geographical Information for Each Province

Large colorful map-example of one for each province
Large colorful map-example of one for each province

Landscapes, People, Places on the Map, and Work in Canada

Moore presents facts and photographs of the landscape of each province. The sections describing the landscapes of each province include both striking photographs and the watercolor illustrations contributed by Bill Slavin. Canada's farmlands and timber areas make up a large part of the Canadian landscape. The mineral wealth of the province of Ontario is included in the chapter describing Ontario's landscape.

Interesting and little-known facts about the people of Canada make up a section in each province's chapter. Did you know that Ontario had the most people in 1867 and the greatest wealth of any Canadian province? Did you know that Ontario has the largest Mennonite community? Each section about the Canadian people also features a favorite recipe from the province. The section of both famous and infamous people of each province is of interest to fans of historical characters.

Moore begins each chapter for each province with a At a Glance feature that gives the capital, motto, and the provincial flower.

Illustrations Magnify Canada's Beauty and People

The landscape of the Qu'Appelle Valley
The landscape of the Qu'Appelle Valley
Employment in a Canadian province
Employment in a Canadian province
Example of the famous and infamous people of each province
Example of the famous and infamous people of each province
Moore's At a Glance with facts for each province
Moore's At a Glance with facts for each province

Meet the Author and Illustrator

Canada views Christopher Moore as one of its most versatile writers of history. Moore is the recipient of the Governor General's Award and several other awards. He writes about the history of Canada for both children and adults. He has also contributed historical material for historic sites and museums in the provinces of Canada. He has been featured on radio and television and enjoys speaking engagements for his audiences. He also writes a column on history for The Beaver: Canada's History Magazine. You may visit his website at

Bill Slavin contributed his talents as an illustrator for Moore's Big Book of Canada. He has illustrated more than 100 books for children. He is the recipient of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the Blue Spruce Award, the California Young Reader Medal, and the Zena Sutherland Award for Children's Literature. You may visit his website at

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Geography in Your Classroom

Teachers will want to add this beautiful book to your collection of tools for teaching geography. Geography is a subject that can even be taught in kindergarten. Map skills, names of geographical landmarks, and studies of interesting people of a geographical region can all be part of a complete lesson in the area of geography. I used a variety of books such as Moore's Big Book of Canada in my classes through the years. Geography presents the perfect opportunity to do a project lesson. Project lessons involve all aspects of a curriculum with art and music included.


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      srsddn 7 months ago from Dehra Dun, India

      Seems to be really big and quite informative, Cindy!