Newfoundland and Labrador


24 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations, Maps, Index
ISBN 1-55388-024-2
DDC j929.6'09718




Reviewed by Lisa Arsenault

Lisa Arsenault is an elementary-school teacher in Ajax, Ontario.


Each 24–page hardcover book in this 14–volume series deals with a
particular province or territory in Canada, featuring a chapter
addressing the derivation of its name, another that decodes its coat of
arms, one that focuses on its flag, and one that describes its unique
places of interest. The two to three remaining chapters in each book
cover topics specific to the particular region, such as the Arctic
grayling, a rare fish that is the official fish of the Northwest
Territories. A quiz, a glossary, and an index complete each book.

Given the brevity of these books, only the most important information
could be included; concentrating on symbols allowed the authors to focus
on interesting, often arcane, details, quite different from the usual
fare of industrial production, population statistics, agriculture, etc.
For example, we learn that Alberta’s first mace was constructed of a
plumbing pipe, a plastic toilet-tank ball, and shaving mug handles, and
was carried from 1906 until 1956. The books are filled with colour
photographs, diagrams, and maps, and sidebars titled “Fun Facts”
appear on nearly every page.

Young readers seeking information on the various emblems specific to
the provinces and territories of Canada will enjoy these books. All are


Simon, Elizabeth., “Newfoundland and Labrador,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 17, 2024,