All About Capital Cities: Toronto


32 pages
Contains Photos, Maps, Index
$74.99 (set)
ISBN 1-896132-06-5
DDC j971.3'541





Reviewed by Steve Pitt

Steve Pitt is a Toronto-based freelance writer and an award-winning journalist. He has written many young adult and children's books, including Day of the Flying Fox: The True Story of World War II Pilot Charley Fox.


Which provincial capital was named after George Dunk? In which
provincial capital would you find Canada’s oldest university? Which
capital in Canada boasts only 4200 citizens? Where would you find the
only Canadian capital that is built with a wall surrounding its oldest

These are the kind of questions asked and answered in this 14-volume
series profiling Canada’s capitals (10 provincial, 3 territorial, and
1 national). The format is laid out to resemble a stack of picture
postcards from the featured capital.

Each book is divided into two-page chapters: “Location,” “Special
Facts,” “Population,” “History,” “Waterways,”
“Parklands,” “Resources,” and “Industry.” Each chapter
features a large color photograph, map, or illustration on the left page
that supports one or more of the short, informative sentences on the
right page. The text, aimed at emerging readers, uses large print and
short simple sentences. A glossary at the back of the book defines words
that might be new to young readers, and a simple index helps readers
find their way through the text. These attractive and easy-to-read
reference books are a perfect introduction to Canada’s 14 very
different capital cities. Highly recommended.


McDermott, Barb, and Gail McKeown., “All About Capital Cities: Toronto,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed February 21, 2024,