Children’s, Educational, Nonfiction, Social Science, Travel

ALL ACROSS CANADA is a mnemonic-filled learning/teaching tool geared first and foremost toward helping children learn capitals and locations of Canadian provinces and territories in a fun and entertaining way. Additional facts are also provided to enrich the child’s learning experience.

Kirkus review:
This husband-and-wife collaboration provides a tour of the Canadian provinces and territories. Wandering Wally, Hiking Holly and Ambling Andy trek across the various regions of Canada, meeting with friends and getting to know their country a little better. Readers will make some discoveries of their own, including that the highest population of elderly Canadians is in Saskatchewan, the world’s largest rodeo is held in Alberta and that New Brunswick is the home of the world’s longest covered bridge. For very brief introductions to the major natural formations and economic industries of Canada’s provinces and territories, this is a good choice for younger readers. The mnemonic device of naming characters after the provincial capitals will help kids memorize them effortlessly. Combine this with the rhyming verses summarizing the important information, and Weisberg and Yoffe have created quite the learning tool: “On Vancouver Island there’s a lovely coastal breeze. / Victoria dances round and round the old Red Cedar trees.” The artwork mirrors the text, with maps showing the geography of each province and territory in Canada and their highlighted regions…Helpful mnemonic devices and a simple presentation make learning about Canada a breeze.

5 stars! Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite:

“The book is definitely a must-have for all school and public libraries. It’s a good source for reference and it’s not only for children but also for adults. The rhyming verses and the colorful illustrations make it appealing to children and make learning fun and enjoyable.”


Selected testimonials:

If you are donating “All Across China” I would be very glad to get one for our library. We received “All Across Canada”and the two people who came to our library looking for very simple geography books were delighted by it. Good job. –Library, SK, Canada

All Across Canada, I love it!! I am sure that it will be a hit with the children -Library, NB, Canada 

Received the book, thank you so much. What a delight! Can’t wait to show it to one of my trustees, who was a school librarian with a special interest in Canadian children’s books. -Library, NY 

We have just recently received a copy of “All Across Canada” that was kindly donated by you. It is a wonderful book and I look forward to having our area young people discovering it. Thank you again for your kind donation-Library, WY

If you have contact with the author, please tell her that All Across Canada is a great book to use with ESL or TESOL students. –Library System, AB, Canada 

Ellen Weisberg is a cancer researcher at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Principal Associate in Medicine at Harvard Medical School (Boston, MA), with a doctorate in pharmacology. Ken Yoffe is a pediatrician (Billerica, MA). He also holds a doctorate in genetics. Publications include short stories and poetry published in PKA’s Advocate (bimonthly literary publication), The Writing Disorder (quarterly online literary journal and print anthology book), and Natural Solutions (holistic health magazine). They have also published several children’s books and a young adult novel (Galde Press and Chipmunkapublishing). Among their most recent publications are the anti-bullying NA novel, Angel Rock Leap (Waldorf Publishing, 2016), and the new Friends and Mates in Fifty States (Waldorf Publishing, 2017). They perform as part of a circus troupe that, through live acts and book donations, promotes bullying awareness and bystander intervention to Boys and Girls Clubs, retirement and nursing homes, and hospitals throughout New England. The anti-bullying children’s fantasy, Fruit of the Vine (Chipmunkapublishing, 2010), is being used as part of this show. Ellen and Ken live in Chelmsford, MA, with their daughter, Emily.