Sunday 3 May 2015

Book ~ "Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada: 101 Heartwarming and Inspiring Stories by and for Canadians" (2011) Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark

From Goodreads ~ With 101 heartwarming and inspiring stories by Canadians and for Canadians, this book will delight, amuse, and invigorate Canadian readers. 

"Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada" is full of inspirational, amusing, and encouraging stories that will touch the heart of any Canadian. Stories include a wide range of topics written by Canadians, from daily life to Canadian holidays, along with tales from tourists and visitors.

I enjoy reading Chicken Soup for the Soul books and have read and enjoyed many over the years.  So when I heard there was one about Canada, I wanted to read it.

The chapters are:
  1. Proud to be a Canadian
  2. Ice Time
  3. Slice of Life
  4. The Cultural Mosaic
  5. Wilderness and Wildlife
  6. Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
  7. Holidays and Traditions
  8. Summer Memories
  9. Life Lessons
  10. Winter Wonderland
  11. Inspiring Canadians
  12. That Famous Canadian Hospitality

There are 101 stories written by Canadians living in Canada, Canadians now living in the States and Americans about Canada.  I found that some were cute but a lot were dull.  Plus the majority of them were so generic and could have been about anywhere, not specifically in or about Canada.  There are A LOT of hockey stories.

At the beginning of each story, there was a quote.  I found it odd that there were lots of quotes by non-Canadians.

It was good exposure for Liona Boyd because each chapter started with a song written by her.  Nothing against Liona Boyd but we have lots of Canadian musicians who have written songs about Canada that could have been used.

I was disappointed with this book.

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