The Beaverton Presents “Glorious and Free” by Luke Gordon Field and Alex Huntley (83)

There is a new media empire in Canada. And unlike others, it is honest about being fake news. Its satirical headlines have been misinforming Canadians across the country and the world, using parody to shine a light on the nation.

What started as an immensely popular online newspaper let to a hit TV show delivering biting commentary on Canadian culture, politics, and the biggest news stories.

Now, in its first book, The Beaverton looks back over Canada’s past to show how we became the ridiculous nation we are today.

Through the lens of the venerable Beaverton, one of Canada’s oldest and proudest newspapers, the editors share the headlines and articles that defined the times.

From the challenging days of colonization to the earliest days of nationhood, from war heritage right up to the twenty-first century, this is Canada like you’ve never seen it.

This book is hilarious as it is serious. It addresses the crisis in misinformation that we all experience in Canada.

I loved this book.  It is eye-opening and honest. It is a raw look at our culture and times.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Resilience by Lisa Lisson (82)

This is a book that is part memoir of loss and part personal empowerment for women.  I just love books that are as inspiring as this story.

In 2007, all was going great for Lisa Lisson. She had married her high school sweetheart, applied her marketing degree to a position at FedEx Express Canada and climbed to the top by becoming vice-president and later president of the company.

One night, however, after putting her children to bed, her husband, Patrick, marvelled that their lives seemed perfect. Only a few hours later, everything changed and life was almost insupportable.

This is a book for people who have struggled with losses and struggles all of their lives. It is a book that will change your view of life and encourage you to enjoy every minute of every day.

This book will inspire you to find fulfillment with your career and at home, achieve your goals no matter what life throws at you and live each day with purpose and gratitude.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Trees of Ontario by Linda Kershaw (81)

Ontario would be a different place without trees. Each spring, trees are among the first plants to bring a flush of green. In summer, trees shade our parks and yards, giving shelter from hot sun and drenching downpours and providing homes for birds and squirrels. In autumn, the red and golden leaves of some trees create a beautiful patchwork of colour, and the fruits of others provide delicious treats. In winter, evergreen trees shelter us from wind and snow and add colour to a drab landscape.

Trees are our largest plants, and they dominate many ecological systems. Some plants require the shelter of a forest canopy for survival, while others need the partial protection of open-grown trees in sunnier sites to become established. Beneath the canopy, light levels are lower, humidity is higher and the immediate impacts of wind and rain are muted.

Trees are also ecosystems producers. They create large quantities of carbohydrates and oxygen, and they store huge amounts of nutrients in their massive trunks and branches. Their leaves, flowers, fruits, bark and twigs provide food for insects, birds and mammals, and their trunks and boughs provide shelter and nesting sites.

This books discusses this and so much more about Ontario trees. It is a resourceful book that each home should have if you are interested in nature, as I am.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Canadian Trees by Colleayn O. Mastin (80)

This book for kids is about all the trees in Canada. It doesn’t include all trees but the ones that the author is representative of Canada.

The book discusses the Aspen that is in every part of Canada.  It is a white-trunked tree that grows very tall.

Then the book showcases the other trees such as fir trees, cedar, birch, hemlock, spruce, tamarack, pine, maple, and many fruit trees such as, oak, elm, tulip and yew.

After reading this book, the reader will learn a lot about the kinds of trees that grow in Canada in forests and in backyards from east to west.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Canada’s Trees by Elizabeth MacLeod (79)

This is another wonderful book about trees. This one is for kids though. It talks about all the sap trees that are existence in our wonderful country.

This book contains a lot of informative tidbits, such as, did you know that it takes 40 litres of sap to make one litre of maple syrup? How can you tell an eastern pine from any other coniferous tree?

Trees clean the air and water, provide food and shelter and make Canada famous for its beautiful forests.

In this book, kids and all reader will learn about:

  • The difference between coniferous and deciduous trees;
  • The characteristics of our nation’s native trees;
  • The provincial and territorial trees of Canada.

Together, this book offers so much more than a child’s book on trees. The book can be used for school projects and information for the sake of expanding one’s knowledge base of nature and trees.

The book is readable and clear and it has a lot of beautiful pictures highlighting some of the trees that are discussed throughout the book.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben (78)

This is a most interesting book about trees.  I got interested in this whole topic of trees while writing an article for kids about trees. I had no idea that trees had so much symbolism and meaning as they do.  I have always loved trees, but not in any kind of symbolic way. So, this is a topic that will again stretch my knowledge of nature.

In this book, Wohllenben asks, Are Trees Social Beings?  He firmly answers that trees are indeed social beings and the forest is a social network. He draws on grounbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers.

Wohllenben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining he amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.

After reading Wohllenben`s book, a walk in the woods will never be the same again. What a wonderful book that will take your love of nature to a whole new level.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canadian Identity and Culture by David R. Newhouse, Cora Voyageur, and Dan Beavon (77)

This is another book about the aboriginals and how they seem to be a hidden people. I wanted to spend part of this year reading as many books about the plight of the aboriginals as possible. And this book is just one more attempt to do so.

This is book is quite informative as well. It is sad to learn how undervalued and kept hidden aboriginals have been. They have so many talents and treasures contained in their tribe to really want to explore them more. Thank goodness that authors are actually becoming increasingly interested in the aboriginals.

It is so wonderful to learn that the results of the last two decades of work on Aboriginal history is slowly starting to find tis way into Canadian history texts. There is not a general recognition that Aboriginal Peoples have been present in Canada since Confederation, that the treaties were important (though they are not seen as central) to Canada being what it is, and that the Canadian state has treated Aboriginal Peoples unfairly, with a high degree of dishonesty and ill will.

It is hopeful that as Aboriginal history becomes more prominent in overall Canadian history, the beliefs of the pat can be overcome. Yet at this time, it is still important to deal with the continuing legacy of the Indian problem.

This book should inspire and inform all of us to do more to accept the Aboriginals among us.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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