My review of Now you Know Canada will follow the publisher’s blurb –

A new collection of the best Canadian trivia in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday comes this collection of the best in Canadian questions and answers, covering history, famous Canadians, sports, word origins, geography, and everything in between. In these pages, you’ll learn the answers to questions like:

– Where did the word Canuck come from?
– How did an aristocratic French girl become a Canadian Robinson Crusoe?
– What famous explorer played hockey in the Arctic?
– Who was the first black woman elected to Canada’s Parliament?
– What unlikely team beat Canada for the gold medal for hockey in the 1936 Winter Olympics?
– How did the Halifax Explosion occur?

Do I know Canada ?

Let’s see? — For the most part, I think I do. It’s a big country with a lot going on. Come to think of it, I probably need a little refresher course.

What’s in the book ?

– 10 sections ranging from Canadian Disasters, Champions of Canadian Sports to Rocks and Rolls.
– Some great questions with straightforward answers

I liked the addition of the “Did You Know” after some questions. These additional tidbits of information were educational and fun to read.

– Who was the Cape Breton Giant ? (I didn’t have a clue)
– What popular board game was created by Canadians ? (I got this one)
– Who is Peter Puck ? (Ummmm…)

My only point of critique would be that it was a little too sports heavy for my liking. Other than that, it is a very entertaining book.

How you read this book depends on you. I’d find a chapter I was curious about and went from there. As I’d read I would ask my little ones – who are currently learning about the birth of Canada – questions from the book. I think it’s a great way to learn about history without burying yourself with too much detail, a nice springboard for diving further into a specific topic.

With my kids, it was a great way to get the discussion going on some topics they knew very little about. It’s one of those books you want to leave lying around. Instead of picking up your digital device for mindless social browsing, spend a few minutes getting to know your Canada with: Now You Know Canada. Now You Know Canada is a gem of a book, perfect for inquisitive minds and trivia buffs.

Did I know my Canada ? Not as well as I thought I did.

Now You Know Canada by Doug Lennox
Published by Dundurn Press
Available now
208 pages
ISBN 978-1-45973-942-0

*an e-galley of Now You Know Canada was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

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