The Big Book of Canada: Exploring the Provinces and Territories (Hardcover)

Exploring the Provinces and Territories

By Christopher Moore, Bill Slavin (Illustrator), Janet Lunn (Introduction by)

Tundra Books, 9780887764578, 256pp.

Publication Date: August 15, 2002



This gorgeous book is the must-have geography resource for every young reader. Leading the reader across Canada, province by province, veteran writer Christopher Moore introduces the things that make this country unique. Each province and territory is explored and defined not only by its physical features, but also by its history, the people that make up its population, and the industry and culture that distinguish each region. The book is lavishly illustrated by well-known artist Bill Slavin, and features 150 full color photos.

The gift book, reference book, and just plain fun-to-read book of the season – and many seasons to come!

About the Author

Christopher Moore has been called Canada's most versatile writer of history. His first book, "Louisbourg Portraits, " won a Governor General's Award. "The Story of Canada" (co-authored with Janet Lunn), a history of Canada for young people, won the Mr. Christie Award for Children's Books. He also co-authored the authoritative "Illustrated History of Canada" and wrote "1867: How the Fathers Made a Deal." Christopher Moore writes a column for "The Beaver." Visit

Bill Slavin has illustrated more than 40 books, including "Bleeps and Blips to Rocket Ships" and "Shooting Hoops and Skating Loops." He shares a studio in Millbrook, Ontario with his wife, Esperanca Melo.

Praise For The Big Book of Canada: Exploring the Provinces and Territories

The Big Book moves…across the continent from east to west…Bill Slavin’s inimitable watercolours, supplemented by black-and-white and colour photographs, add their own touch of whimsy to this excellent addition to school or home bookshelf.”
The Globe and Mail

“…this book provides readers with a wealth of information…what sets [it] apart from the rest is the inclusion of little-known interesting facts…A valuable resource for any library or classroom…Highly Recommended.”
CM Magazine

“… an outstanding book… [I]llustrations…complement the text and add great visual appeal for the readers… Presented in a style which will appeal to the younger reader, it will also be welcomed by older readers and even adults. The information is accurate and well-researched…This book can be used in Canadian social studies programs at the elementary, junior high and high school levels. It will be welcomed by teachers and students alike. It is highly recommended as a purchase for school and public libraries or as an addition to family collections about Canada.”
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“This is a big book and an excellent addition to classroom and library resources…it is an intelligent and well-researched book that is insightful and interesting.”
Children’s Book News

“…no current text matches its depth and breadth. Though written for ages eight and up, Moore’s text will engross readers much younger and older, making it an excellent family as well as library resource…For once, Canada’s writers and artists get plenty of attention, and teachers in particular will appreciate the list of suggested fiction about each territory.”
Quill & Quire

“…LOTS of information…is presented in a clear, straightforward manner.”
Toronto Families

“…it is 256 pages of important and quirky facts about different parts of the country…Parents are quite likely to find themselves thumbing through this beautifully illustrated book…Dedicated young readers will devour it from cover to cover, others will flip through, stopping where fancy leads and others will treat it as a reference book. In all cases it makes a lovely, lasting gift.”
The New Glasgow Evening News

“…an encyclopedia with a sense of fun.”
The Ottawa Citizen

The Big Book of Canada does a wonderful job of displaying the country ‘as a collection of neighbourhoods with personalities.’…It is full of photos and delightful illustrations…This is indeed a big book, with a delightful approach to the celebration of a great country in the variety and diversity of all its neighbourhoods…an excellent and entertaining resource…”
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