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Author: Pendziwol, Jean E.
Illustrator: Phil
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Year Published: 2017
ISBN: 9781554988471
Grades: K-6, Teacher Resource

Me and You and the Red Canoe

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I woke before the sun was up,
before the moon closed its eyes…
Two siblings leave a campground early one morning to go out fishing on a Canadian lake in a red canoe.  The nostalgic imagery created in poetic free verse prose and acrylic paint on what appears to be wooden panels, adds to the mystic and wonder of this memorable moment. Seeing the landscape and animals from the perspective of being in a canoe adds to the wonder of a unique memory.  The descriptive free verse poetry flows and pauses to match the rhythm of the experience as they unfold. The colours are reminiscent of the Canadian woodlands. Each sense is highlighted throughout the book, using rich language that creates a deep appreciation of Canada’s wilderness as well as a glimpse into someone’s experience.
Suitable for teaching Writing Traits: Vocabulary.  Students may be inspired to write their own free verse poetry of a memorable moment, using this book as a model.  It could be used to tell about a traditional Canadian experience in Canada’s Woodland region for Alberta’s Grade 5 Social Studies: Canada: The Land.

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