England, the Land


32 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations, Maps, Index
ISBN 0-7787-9321-4
DDC j914.2




Reviewed by Alison Mews

Alison Mews is co-ordinator of the Centre for Instructional Services at
Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Canada’s history and culture have been so influenced by England’s
that these photographic introductions to the British island are
especially welcome. England, the Land looks at the geographic aspects of
the country, including land forms, climate, unique towns and cities,
transportation, and industry. The approach is historical in nature, as
England’s long history has resulted in a land filled with magnificent
castles and cathedrals. The Industrial Revolution had its beginnings
here, and bone china and pharmaceuticals are still important industries.

England, the People briefly covers the various invaders and conquerors,
such as the Celts, Romans, and Vikings, who overtook England from 5000
BC to 1066. The country’s most notable kings and rulers, including the
reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, are highlighted. Recent
immigrants, along with a variety of cultural celebrations, pastimes, and
cuisine, are all described, and there is even a recipe for English tea

From Druid ceremonies at Stonehenge to Shakespearean theatre to The
Beatles, England, the Culture points to many aspects of British heritage
that define England today. Also covered are religion and the various art
forms, and significant contributors to each field. The overlap between
the book on culture and the one on people is curious: many more
individuals are named in England, the Culture, while England, the People
takes a historical demographic approach. Indeed, all three books include
elements of the other books, so that they can be purchased
independently, but together they provide an overview of the country.
Unfortunately, only one small map is included (in England, the Land) and
it shows only major cities and rivers. That quibble aside, these books
will be warmly received in Canadian elementary classrooms. Recommended.


Banting, Erinn., “England, the Land,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 16, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/24151.