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Deirdre Kessler
Toronto, Grolier, 1992. 128pp, cloth, $27.99
ISBN 0-7172-2720-0. Distributed by Nelson Canada. CIP

Reviewed by Meredith MacKeen

Volume 22 Number 3
1994 May/June

Deirdre Kessler has captured the magic of P.E.I. in her book, Prince Edward Island. The spirit of the island begins with the Micmac legend about the creation of the island, "Minegoo" or "Abegweit" meaning cradled on the waves, and continues as the reader, a tourist or junior high student, is introduced to many aspects of island life.

The geography and natural history of the island lead into colonial times, the Confederation era and modern times. Later the economy of farming, fishing and tourism is reviewed, with the decline of fishing noted. The book concludes with facts at a glance and brief biographies of forty-three well-known islanders, both contemporary and historic. The index and table of contents make the information accessible.

The photographs capture many aspects of island life, such as churches, farm fields, historic buildings, fishing harbours and many summer scenes of people enjoying the warmth. This book features an "Anne of Green Gables" island that so many people have known from holidays. Questions dealing with the economic future of many of the residents who have depended on the traditional fishing and farming are not raised.

This book will be a welcome addition to collections needing current information about P.E.I. It is highly recommended for junior high readers.

Grades 7 to 9 / Ages 12 to 14

Meredith MacKeen is a teacher-librarian at Souris Regional High School in Souris, Prince Edward Island

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