Happy Canada Day Everyone!
We all celebrate the BEST nation in the world today in different ways. Some of us plan bashes, some plan trips and others make that trek to the great Canadian pastime: the cottage.
This blessed long weekend means different things to different people.
Take my own family for example: My husband this day means sparking the BBQ from morning until night (actually I think he is BBQ-ing our breakfast as I type), for my first-born this is starting to register as a holiday: Daddy’s home, special clothes and I can’t wait for her reaction to the firework display (and could do without them for our hound Harry’s sake!) and for my new little angel, it will likely mean more of the same: sleeping, nursing, pooping.
For my PEI born in-laws today means lobster fresh from the boat in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, with family and good friends (and means I am super jealous!) and for my folks today means one last Canadian hurrah before heading home (and enjoying Independence Day a couple of days later!)
On a side note, apparently for my mother Canada Day also means we have to dress up in Dollar Store finds worthy of Liza Minnelli or a not-so-picky transvestite but I digress….can’t blame the lady for getting into the spirit!
For me, Canada Day means celebrating all my beautiful country has to offer and again reminds me of how bereft I am of red clothing and as such will likely be stuck wearing the plush red cowboy hat and faux-feather boa (please see above).
And of course, it always reminds me of books, this particular holiday here are some of the great Canadian books that have caught my eye and are firmly on my own reading list:
LOST ON BRIER ISLAND by Jo Ann Yhard (ISBN: 9781551098197, Nimbus Publishing, 2011)
Anyone worth their weight in salt loves a story about a quirky island and it`s quirky characters. After a tragedy rips her family apart, fourteen-year-old Alex gets stuck on Brier Island for the summer with her aunt. Of course she soon finds something about the place that gives her hope and helps her heal. I can`t wait to dive into the funny and always engaging writing of Jo Ann Yhard.
MIGRANT by Maxine Trottier and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault (ISBN: 9780888999757, Groundwood Books, 2011)
A lovely tale from a child’s view of the Low German-speaking Mennonites who moved from Canada to Mexico in the 1920s and returned every year as migrant workers.
The images are imaginative and stunning and the text delicately and beautifully describes the challenges and character of these unique people in Canadian history.
FLY BOY by Eric Walters (ISBN: 9780143176305, Penguin Books, 2011)
From the Young Adult fiction master, this World War II tale will take you and seventeen-year-old Robbie on a high-flying action-packed adventure.
A little Canadian history and a lot of fun, perfect for those who think entertainment can only be found with a game console.
THE LEGENDS OF LAKE ON THE MOUNTAIN: An Early Adeventure of John A. MacDonald by Roderick Benns (ISBN: 9780981243320, Fireside Publishing, 2011)
I love this series by Roderick Benn for making our nation`s leaders relevant, real and oh so readable. Book two in the Leaders & Legacies series has a forward by Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (you know, E!Talk host Ben Mulroney’s Dad?!)
WATER HAZARD by Hélène Boudreau (ISBN: 9781551098289, Nimbus Publishing, 2011)
Why do we love mysteries so much? Well they take us out of the doldrums of our own routines and spice them up a bit without ever having to leave the couch! The second in the Red Dune Adventure series for young readers, André and Lucas keep Prince Edward Island on our radar and keep us hopping with excitement!
Keep reading Canadian folks and happy holiday!
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