Sunday 18 September 2016

Book ~ "Canada Year by Year" (2016) Elizabeth MacLeod and Sydney Smith

From Goodreads ~ Award-winning author Elizabeth MacLeod's year-by-year tour of Canada's fascinating history highlights a single milestone for every year from the country's founding in 1867 up to its 150th anniversary in 2017. 

Divided into ten distinct eras, coverage ranges from politics, sports, business and arts and culture, and includes significant events both at home and in world affairs. A few examples:

  • 1881 - A railway across Canada is begun
  • 1893 - The Stanley Cup is first awarded in hockey
  • 1908 - Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables is published
  • 1947 - Oil is discovered in Alberta
  • 2015 - Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau is elected prime minister

Along with the featured stories for each of the 150 years, the pages are filled with sidebars - with content such as short biographies, quotes, important firsts and trivia - that are linked to that year.  There are also 39 capsule biographies of noteworthy Canadians at the back of the book. 

The topics chosen offer an inclusive historical perspective, incorporating women, Aboriginal peoples and people with disabilities into Canada's rich and diverse narrative. 

Illustrations by awarding-winning artist Sydney Smith bring a contemporary feel to the stories of the past. 

This book provides chunks of information about Canada, for 150 years starting in 1867 right up to 2017.  The sections are:
  • Introduction:  a country is born
  • A new country: 1867-84
  • Canada grows:  1885-99
  • A new century:  1900-1913
  • Wartime and beyond:  1944-28
  • The great depressions:  1929-38
  • Return to war:  1939-53
  • Boom years:  1954-66
  • Happy birthday!:  1967-79
  • The digital age:  1980-99
  • A new millennium:  2000-17
  • Great Canadians

The book chooses one topic to highlight every year since 1867 and covers in politics, sports, entertainment, people, space, wars, nationalities, etc.  There are also side notes for some years.  The year I was born discusses the changes in immigration laws (you don't have to have a sponsor but could live here if you  have the required education, skill or other qualifications).

Though it is written for children, I found this book interesting and not childish or immature.  The tidbits were short enough to keep my attention but told me enough.  The accompanying drawings were cute.

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