Mama C and I are a little bit the same because we both love the time we spend together just reading new books. Sometimes we go for a while without being able to get some good “book and cuddle” time in but then we do and we remember why it’s so much fun.
One of the books we’ve been reading is called Hey Canada! by Vivien Bowers (illustrated by Milan Pavlovic) and it is one of my very favourites. I don’t know if you realize this, but I’m still small so I haven’t had much of a chance to see this crazy big country that we live in. I mean, I’ve been lucky enough to see lots of Toronto and the other small towns around Grandpa’s house in Frankford, but what I really want to do is get to see ALL of Canada. That’s why I like Hey Canada! so much – it’s like I’m on a big road trip seeing all of the cool things that there are to do in each province.
That’s what Cal and Alice and Gram get to do in Hey Canada! They start in Newfoundland and drive ALL the way across Canada….even the super far northern parts! They have a list of things in each province that they have to find before they move onto the next one and they tell us about all of them. Now there were a lot of things that I didn’t know (again, because I’m small people) but there were lots of times when we were reading that Mama C would stop and start asking Mommy if she knew these things too!
What’s even better is that Cal and Alice and Gram are really funny! The story is mostly by Alice, because she’s writing a blog (just like me!) about their trip, but sometimes Cal and Gram (and their pet Hamster) jump in and say funny things, just like in our family (the Mom’s call this sarcasm). Mostly Cal makes fun of Alice about snoring (just like Mommy teases Mama C) and Gram gets tired of dealing with 2 crazy kids, but for the most part they’re just having a great trip together. Sometimes Cal jumps in and shows us these very cool Historical U-Turn’s, which is a little comic to show us what life was like in the olden days.
It’s just a really good book and I’m so happy that Mama C decided to share it with me (and that the people at Tundra Books were so nice to share it with the both of us). I’ve started bugging the mom’s to take the same trip so that I can use Gram’s poem:
The trip has begun, hooray!
We’re packed and on our way!
From the Atlantic to the Pacific,
It is gonna be TERRIFIC!
Sadly, for now Mama C and I are just going to have to pretend….maybe next year!