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http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0143017152

The Horse's Shadow

Everyone in the village knew how much Claire Vigere loved her horses—but no one could have imagined that she’d run away and follow them into war...

When thirteen-year-old Claire is near a horse, she becomes "the horse’s shadow." She instinctively knows when to be still on a horse’s back, when to prod, and just how much to ask of a horse on any given day. Her grandfather, Ambrose, is keenly aware of her gift and has taught Claire all he knows about these magnificent creatures. But in the winter of 1863, Claire must learn the hardest lesson of all.

Life is not just about the apple smell of a horse’s breath or the thrill of sending him into a gallop with a simple whisper in his ear. Claire’s family, who have seen many neighbours lose their homes and all their possessions, must do what they can to survive these hard times. That means selling their two best and most beloved Canadian horses, Beau Albert and Tibeau. But plucky Claire cannot bear to lose them. Disguised as a deaf boy (lest her accented English reveals her origins), Claire stows away in a wagon heading south—and straight into the chaos of the American Civil War.

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MissKris

:Big Grin:A People's History of Hockey....

At a Montreal skating rink in 1875, the puck is dropped on a new sort of game. Its fast and punishing, and on this night hockey is transformed from genteel sport to seething spectacle. Hockey: A Peoples History is CBCs epic series chronicling the story of a game and the soul of a nation. Born as a game of survival against the snow and ice of a Canadian winter, hockey gave a new country its first heroes and champions. The story of hockey is the struggle of class and gender, as working class men and women fight for their place in a rich mans game. Its the dreams of towns and their teams, where rogues and roughnecks do battle with hockey barons and bluebloods. Hockey is where Canadas cultures collide and rivalries divide. Its also a game that unites us like nothing else can. In a tale that spans two centuries, this bold new series Hockey: A Peoples History documents the power and passion of a game and the country that gave it life. The DVD is a 6-pak containing all 10 episodes of the series in english and in french, plus more than 200 minutes of bonus content including behind-the-scenes features; historical hockey featurettes, extended interviews with hockey greats Gretzky, Dryden, Bowman, Cherry, Wickenheiser, and with Tom Cochrane; directors' commentaries

Going to get this one for the guys in my household.

A fun way to learn history and about our national game.

Epecially with us living overseas, though DH does get to play hockey here in the desert. Hopefully this way, dc will understand his passion for it.:Big Grin:

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MissKris

Ghost Train by Paul Yee

Left behind in China by her father, who has gone to North America to find work, Choon-yi has made her living by selling her paintings in the market. When her father writes one day and asks her to join him, she joyously sets off, only to discover that he has been killed. Choon-yi sees the railway and the giant train engines that her father died for, and she is filled with an urge to paint them. But her work disappoints her until a ghostly presence beckons her to board the train where she meets the ghosts of the men who died building the railway. Will Choon-yi find a way to make peace with her father's death? Ghostly, magical, and redeeming, this masterful tale is superbly illustrated by Harvey Chan.

Tales from Gold Mountain: The Chinese in the New World, by Paul Yee

Roses Sing on New Snow: A Delicious Tale by Paul Yee

The Canadian author of Tales from Gold Mountain (1991) tells another story about the Chinese-American experience. While Maylin does the cooking for her family's Chinatown restaurant, her greedy father and two fat brothers take all the credit. When her specially prepared dish, ``Roses Sing on New Snow,'' is served to the visiting governor of South China, he asks the brothers to show him how it was made. They fail miserably; and even when Maylin is summoned and the governor works beside her in order to learn her secrets, the food he prepares is inferior to hers. ``If you and I sat down with paper and brush and black ink, could we bring forth identical paintings?'' Maylin asks, winning a reputation for wisdom as well as for cooking. Chan, a native of Hong Kong, makes a fine debut with his carefully researched watercolors, setting the story early in this century; evocative with period detail, they nicely convey the story's drama and humor. A satisfying variant on a theme that appears in many cultures. (Picture book. 4-8) --

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storybookmum

The Mountain that Walked, by Katherine Holubitsky.

Combines the Frank Slide and Barnardo Home Children.

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