The Great B.C. Alphabet Book


Contains Illustrations
ISBN 0-88902-976-8




Reviewed by Sheila Martindale

Sheila Martindale is poetry editor of Canadian Author and Bookman and
author of No Greater Love, her sixth collection of poetry.


This is a refreshingly different ABC book. Each place name is alliteratively matched with an animal that is seen doing something appropriate to the region. The text flows along in rhyming couplets, and a small description is given about each place and what happens there. The illustrations are humorous and nicely done. Some of the pronunciation might be difficult for toddlers, but with repetition I suppose a two-year-old would be able to master such gems as: “Camilla from Castlegar” and “Ursula from Ucluelet.” The book should find a receptive audience in B.C. anyway, and probably in kindergartens across the country.


Morgan, Nicola, “The Great B.C. Alphabet Book,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 12, 2024,