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By Janet Lunn: Recommended as either a Read-Aloud or a Reader. Approx 200 pp.

Set in 1815 in Prince Edward County, Ontario, this book tells the story of young Mary Urqhart, who has travelled from Scotland to settle in the wilderness of Upper Canada. She expects to meet her cousin, but finds he is dead, and is left to settle there on her own. She's strong, and she does just fine, making Upper Canada her own home.

I will say that it does contain elements that not everyone will be comfortable with, because it deals with the "Second Sight," but the story is beautifully told, and it is a classic, award-winner: It won the Canadian Library Award and the Young Adult Book Award.

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Some readers and read alouds:

Sweetgrass by Jan Hudson - a coming of age Blackfoot story set in Alberta probably 18th or 19th century. Good depiction of way of life, some spirituality. Dc enjoyed it.

Tikta lik tik, The White Archer, Akavak by James Houston - all Eskimo legends. Dc loved the adventure. Read as readers. Portray Inuit life well, including some spirituality.

Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat - we did as RA, dc loved it. Portrays interaction of white culture, subarctic Cree, Chipewayan, Inuit. Great adventure story with lots of references to differences in these various peoples. Even reference to Vikings. Low key on spirituality stuff.

Pontiac: Mighty Ottawa Chief - we did as a reader. Portrays the political dynamics times when white settlers impinged on aboriginal lands.

Debbie

Sweetgrass: Recommended as a reader for grades 5 - 10 on Amazon

Tikta'liktak: An Eskimo Legend (did not find an age/ grade range for this one)

Lost in the Barrens: Recommended as a reader for ages 10-16 on Amazon

Pontiac: Mighty Ottawa Chief (did not find an age/ grade range for this one either)

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Tikta'liktak: An Eskimo Legend (did not find an age/ grade range for this one)

I just wanted to add that Tikta'liktak (Houston) was a good reader for my older 2 who were in grades 3&4 at the time. It was one long story without any chapter breaks. Both of them liked it. http://www.amazon.ca/Arctic-hunters-Indians-northern-Canada/dp/071411586X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262044354&sr=1-1

Arctic Hunters (King) was one I had on my list that we did not get to read so I am really not sure if it is a reader or resource. http://www.amazon.ca/Arctic-hunters-Indians-northern-Canada/dp/071411586X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262044354&sr=1-1

Exiled to the Red River (Jackson) We did this as a read aloud. It is the story of Chief Garry. It was his story of being at a mission school in Manitoba. He was a Godly man but it was quite sad to see how the natives were treated by the whites.

http://www.amazon.ca/Exiled-Red-River-Dave-Jackson/dp/076422235X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262052897&sr=8-2

We did several of the Sonlight books for Core 3 when we studied the people of North America like: Pochontas and Omkastoe.

(Marie, I am clueless as to get these under the right heading. Would it be because I am in linear?)

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Aboriginal Canadian Resources:

Let me qualify my comments and links: These are some resources that we tried. My comments are based on interaction with my own children (ages 4-10 at the time) teaching them all at one time. It has been over a year since I have used or seen some of these books so my memory may be faulty. Most of them were available at our local library.

The Kids Book of Aboriginal People (Silvey)

http://www.amazon.ca/Kids-Book-Aboriginal-Peoples-Canada/dp/1550749986/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262042522&sr=8-1

I appreciated this book for the colored photos and small bits of information. I had tried using Donna Ward's Canada's Natives Long Ago

https://www.donnaward.net/shop.php?area=item&sku=9780968678824

But it wasn't quite what we were looking for. It has great book lists for extra reading but the visuals were lacking. That said, a friend is using it now and loving it. So what works for one doesn't always work for another.

Houses of Bark, Tipi, and Wigwam

Houses of Snow, Skin, and Bones

Houses of Earth and Shell (All by Shemie)

http://www.amazon.ca/Houses-bark-longhouse-dwellings-woodland/dp/0516081616/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262042918&sr=8-1

These were picture book length (24 pages) with pictures on two pages and then 2 pages of text. They include American Indian tribes as well.

Native Peoples (Livesey)

http://www.amazon.ca/Discovering-Canada-Native-Peoples-Livesey/dp/0773756027/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262043103&sr=1-1

I think they would be perfect for fifth grade and older. My children were a little on the young side to appreciate it.

The Inuksuk Book (Wallace)

http://www.amazon.ca/Inuksuk-Book-Mary-Wallace/dp/1897066139/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262043636&sr=1-2

Great illustrations and it needed several sittings to finish.

Ituko: Inuit Child (Goalec)

http://www.amazon.ca/Ituko-Inuit-Child-Francois-Goalec/dp/1410302822/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262044564&sr=1-1

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Resources for North American Exploration:

The Vikings (Livesey)

http://www.amazon.ca/Discovering-Canada-Vikings-Robert-Livesey/dp/0773752099/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262044895&sr=1-1

And in French!! Oui, oui!

http://www.amazon.ca/Vikings-Livesey-Smith/dp/2921353466/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262044895&sr=1-2

The Kids Book of Canadian Exploration (Owens)

http://www.amazon.ca/Kids-Canadian-Exploration-Ann-Maureen-Owens/dp/1554532574/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262044980&sr=1-1

This book got a lot of use at our home. (Can you tell we really liked the "Kid's Books" to go with our spines?)

Canadian Explorers (Trottier)

http://www.amazon.ca/Scholastic-Canada-Biographies-Canadian-Explorers/dp/043996170X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262045126&sr=1-1

We used this one to fill in the gaps when we didn't have extra time to spend on particular explorers.

The Fur Traders (Livesey)

http://www.amazon.ca/Discovering-Canada-Traders-Robert-Livesey/dp/0773753044/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262045246&sr=1-1

We didn't get to this one either, and sadly, the review on amazon is less than positive.

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North American Exploration: Readers and Read Alouds

Please note that several of these were not Canadian in content nor in origin. However, it was my goal to find a reader or read aloud to go with each topic we studied in our spines to get a broader historical view.

Viking Adventure (Bulla)

http://www.sonlight.com/2X39.html

We used this as a reader and both children (boy and girl) enjoyed it.

Viking Quest Book 1: Raiders from the Sea (Johnson)

http://www.christianbook.com/viking-quest-raiders-sea/lois-johnson/9780802431127/pd/431120?item_code=WW&netp_id=307034&event=ESRCN&view=details

We used as a read aloud but easily could have been a reader. Spoiler***It is a cliff hanger book and my kids were quite suprised that it was the end of the book. You may need to get all 5 in the series!

Pedro's Journal (Conrad)

http://www.sonlight.com/3H25.html

We used it as a reader.

Beyond the Sea of Ice: The Voyages of Henry Hudson (Goodman)

http://www.amazon.ca/Beyond-Sea-Ice-Voyages-Hudson/dp/0965049388/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262052010&sr=8-1

Cartier Finder of the St.Lawrence

John Cabot and his Son Sebastian (Both by Ronald Syme)

I think that he has several historical books. I think that my son read one but I don't remember which it was. The books themselves seemed old and I am not sure of the content or accuracy.

The Young Fur Traders: A Tale of the Far North (Ballantyne)

http://www.christianbook.com/ballantyne-series-young-traders-tale-north/r-m-ballantyne/9781934554098/pd/54099?item_code=WW&netp_id=486840&event=ESRCN&view=details

I have this book but it is for advanced readers but it would be a good addition for an older child doing the core. I plan to have my son read it next year in grade 6. It will be a challenge with the older language but I am sure that he learn a lot from it.

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Some Historical Information: Resources

Our Core 3 ended before Confederation.

Life in New France

Life in Acadia (Neering)

Lots of brown and beige, doesn't look very interesting, but does contain good information. I had a hard time finding what I was looking for for that time period. The most fun we had was visiting Samuel De Champlain's Habitation in Port Royal, Nova Scotia and Fort Beausejeur in Aulac, New Brunswick. Who needs books when you can see the real thing?:Big Grin: Fortress Louisbourg in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia would have been fun as well, but maybe next year!

http://www.amazon.ca/Life-New-France-Neering-Garrod/dp/0889021813/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262055502&sr=1-1

Forts of Canada (Owens)

Very educational and helpful in understanding the terms that were used in the forts.

http://www.amazon.ca/Forts-Canada-Ann-Maureen-Owens/dp/155074271X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262055851&sr=1-1

(Livesey) The Loyal Refugees

The Defenders

http://www.amazon.ca/Discovering-Canada-Refugees-Robert-Livesey/dp/0773760431/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262056042&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.ca/Discovering-Canada-Defenders-Robert-Livesey/dp/0773756655/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262056076&sr=1-1

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Early Settlers: Readers and Read Alouds

We used several Sonlight selections here as well like: The Courage of Sarah Noble, The Bears on Hemlock Mountain, The Sign of the Beaver, Matchlock Gun, and Sarah Whitcher's Story.

We used several classics that would not be Canadian based either but they tell a wonderful story similar to the things that would have happened in Canada. Little House Christmas Collection

Little House on the Prairie (we had already read Little House in the Big Woods in the summer.)

Farmer Boy

Madeline Takes Command (Ethel Brill) ***FAVORITE***

Read Aloud: It was challenging to explain things to my 6 year old at the beginning but once we got into it, they all looked forward to it each night. It helped to have the Forts of Canada (Owens) to explain and see what each new word was (pallisade, for example).

http://www.amazon.ca/Madeleine-takes...0&sr=1-3-fkmr0

A Song for Acadia (Downie)

Reader: It was an easy read that was not hard to follow.

http://www.amazon.ca/Song-Acadia-Mar...2053977&sr=1-1

The Meeting Place (Oke, Bunn)

We did not use it this time around but it would be an excellent reader for an older girl using this core, or even as a read aloud.

http://www.amazon.ca/Meeting-Place-T...2053977&sr=1-8

Dear Canada: Banished from our Home (Stewart)

We did it as a read aloud but it would have made a great reader. Followed the story of one acadian family as they were expelled from Nova Scotia. So sad...actually all of the Dear Canada books are sad, I think.

http://www.amazon.ca/Dear-Canada-Ban...2054167&sr=1-1

A Pioneer Sampler (Greenwood) **Love her books**

For our family it was a read aloud/ history book. She writes a chapter about the fictional family and after each chapter gives several pages of historical details. Both parts have wonderful illustrations.

http://www.amazon.ca/Pioneer-Sampler...2054431&sr=1-1

We also did A Pioneer Christmas (http://www.amazon.ca/Pioneer-Christm...2054608&sr=1-1)

and A Pioneer Thanksgiving.

http://www.amazon.ca/Pioneer-Thanksg...d_bxgy_b_img_b

Our Canadian Girl: Buffalo hunt (Taylor)

The children read it as a reader and come to find out at the end, there was another book. This link includes both.

http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_ss?url...hunt&x=12&y=20

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Lost in the Barrens: Recommended as a reader for ages 10-16 on Amazon

Other readers and read alouds:

Lost in the Barrens (Mowat)

We did it as a Read Aloud and even my little one loved it and she was only 4 at the time. It covered many levels of northern life. Many of Mowat's other books are good for this age as well.

Bully Boys (Walters)

I didn't get this book until after we passed the War of 1812 in our history but it is one that my son would have enjoyed so much. I am not sure if it would have been a reader or a read aloud. All I know is that I learned a lot from reading it!

http://www.amazon.ca/Bully-Boys-Eric-Walters/dp/0140288066/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262056602&sr=1-1

Looking back at what we did last year makes me wish that I had done it differently. I wish that I had bought Modern History Thru Canadian Eyes and used the themes and topics that are recommended in it, in that order, read the spines she recommends, and just added my own readers, picture books, and read alouds. That is what I am doing this time around. I feel like we are getting a better education with less gaps. So I am afraid that my Core 3 is sketchy at best but hopefully the Core 4 is better. I had never tried putting my own resources together before so it was a learning experience. I hope that you all do it better than I did!:Big Grin:

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Further Fabulous Canadians (Gordon Snell and Aislin)

Hysterically Historical Rhymes

A friend loaned me these books that she got at the Great Canadian Dollar Store for $3. They are part of this series:

http://www.amazon.com/Oh-Canadians-Gordon-Snell/dp/1552780511/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264301486&sr=8-8

We read one poem a day and have found it quite entertaining. If you can get your hands on one cheap, give it a whirl. We like them so far but I can not in good conscience suggest spending $20 on it tho!

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Please add your resources to this thread. :Big Grin:

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We are Canadians living in Romania as missionaries. My kids are 5 and 7 (just finishing Core B). In a few months we will be going back to Canada on furlough and I would love to have some recommendations for books to bring back on Canadian history. We only come back every 2 years, so I will need it for Core C & D. Do any of you have a top 10 list of 'must have Canadian History books' for Cores C-E?

And how did you include them? Add them in as additional books to read? Or did you take away American History books and replace them with the Canadian ones?

Would love any help you can give me!

Thanks!

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