Showing posts with label Canada. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Canada. Show all posts

Multicultural Mondays - Puritan Girl Mohawk Girl Review

Disclosure: Abrams Books sent me these products free of charge. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. As always I am providing links to the book for your convenience.

Today I am sharing a historical novel about a girl/woman you probably have not heard of, but her story is amazing. The book is Puritan Girl Mohawk Girl by John Demos. 

It's a Small World Felted Friends -- a Crafty Weekends Review & Link Party

Disclosure: Tuttle Publishing sent me this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Tonight I am sharing a fun needle felting book. It gives instructions to make miniature needle felted animals, buildings, and other things that make you think of certain countries. It even includes a mini flag garland. The book is It's a Small World Felted Friends by Sachiko Susa. 

Once Upon a Northern Night -- Book Review

Disclosure: Groundwood Books gave me a copy of this book free of charge for this review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation.  As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

Do you remember the feeling of waking up to a new coat of snow when you were a child? It was always so fun and magical. Or perhaps there were new footprints in the layers of snow and it made you wonder who was there. Perhaps for me the reminder was last night when my 13-year-old nephew came into the room at 10 p.m. to tell me it was snowing. (It had been flurrying when we got home earlier in the day so I was not nearly as excited as he was.) He wanted to go out and enjoy the snowfall, but I did not let him go out in the dark (and in shorts). The magic of snow doesn't seem to go away with age. The first snowfall is always a bit magical. 
Our Backyard This Morning

The book I am sharing with you today captures a bit of that magic. The book is Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault.

Shi-shi-etko -- Book Review and Native Residential Schools

Disclosure: Groundwood Books gave me a copy of this book free of charge for this review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation.  As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

Imagine being a young girl and being forced to go away from your home and family to go to a boarding school. You have never left your neighborhood, but if you do not go your parents will be arrested. At the school they will not let you keep your name, religion or language. They will try to take away everything about your culture in your life. This is how life was for many Native Americans from around 1876 until the 1990's. Shi-shi-etko by Nicola I. Campbell and illustrated by Kim LaFave tells such a story about a young Native American girl named Shi-shi-etko. 

Learning about the Inuit with Books: Alego and Arctic Adventures -- Book Reviews

Disclosure: Groundwood Books gave me copies of these books free of charge for this review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation.  As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

Today I am going to share with you two beautiful books that teach about the Inuit culture. This winter we have had a very warm December, however today the chill was back in the air and snow and sleet are in the forecast for overnight into the morning, so it seems the right time to share about the Arctic.  The first is a book of tales from the lives of Inuit artists. After each story is information about the artist and a picture of his or her work.

Two White Rabbits and West Coast Wild -- Book Reviews

Disclosure: Groundwood Books gave me a copy of this book free of charge for this review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation.  As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

I always like books that help us explore a different part of the world or give us a glimpse into another life. Today we are sharing two books that do just that. The first is Two White Rabbits written by Jairo Buitrago, illustrated by Rafael Yockteng, and translated by Elisa Amado.

P'esk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony -- Book Review & Learning about the Sts'ailes People -- Global Learning for Kids

Disclosure: Groundwood Books gave me a copy of this book free of charge for this review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation.  As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

November is Native American Heritage Month. With my love for Native American culture I love this heritage month!! I was thinking today about why I love Native American culture so much. It could be part of white man guilt over how they were treated (and are still being treated by our government), but I think it is more how they lived in harmony with the environment. I really love their stories and how they did not waste. The talents each group has was so amazing and it just seems so much more of what I see God wanting from us. They were usually good stewards of the earth. 

Since it is Native American Heritage Month, Global Learning for Kids is focusing on Indigenous People of North America.  Multicultural Kid Blogs is hosting its annual Native American Heritage Month Blog Series and Giveaway. We will be participating in the blog series later this month, but you can enter the giveaway now and the book we are sharing today is in one of the prize packs! Today we are sharing P'esk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony by Scot Ritchie. 

Around the World in 12 Dishes-- Canada

This month we are exploring Canada with the Around the World in 12 Dishes group. Hazel and I have been having so much fun with it. If was warmer weather, I might even consider taking her to Canada, however I cannot imagine going anywhere colder and snowier than what we already have. I am so done with winter, but alas, we are expecting snow again tomorrow. Anyway, a bit about Canada. Canada borders three oceans: Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic, and its southern border with the United States is the worlds longest land border between two countries. Canada is the second largest country in area. Canada was settled by both France and Great Britain. After the French and Indian War, France ceded its colonies to Britain in 1763. As a result of both countries settling, Canada is officially a bilingual country. Canada is a federal parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. The Queen's representative carries out most of the federal royal duties in Canada.

Canada has ten provinces and three territories. Its capital city is Ottawa. The largest city is Toronto. The country's symbol is the maple leaf and the country's animal is the beaver. The colors of its flag represent its French and British background (red for France and white for Great Britain). (Sources: Wikipedia and the resource books shown below.)

This month we have made two Canadian treats. Now it took awhile to find a recipe  that was not pancakes. Almost all of the books seemed to give pancake recipes for Canada to use maple syrup. However we found a Prairie Berry Cake in Kids Around the World Cook! by Arlette N. Braman.

Prairie Berry Cake is made with local berries called saskatoons. Saskatoons grow in Saskatchewan and Alberta--two provinces in Canada. They look a lot like blueberries and the book suggested using blueberries if saskatoons are not available.

Prairie Berry Cake                       Icing
1/2 cup butter, softened              4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar                             2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 eggs                                       1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cups white flour                  4 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
7/8 cup milk
1 1/2 cups fresh saskatoons
       or blueberries (we used frozen)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together. Then beat in the eggs.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. Add about half the dry mixture to the butter mixture and mix, and then add half the milk and mix. Add the rest of the dry mixture and mix then add the rest of the milk and mix.
  5. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the berries.
  6. Pour the batter into the baking pan and bake for about 40 to 45 minutes. Let the cake cool completely before icing.
  7. Mix the icing ingredients and beat with an electric mixer. (Note: The amount of icing made is not much and you may want to increase it!) Spread on the cooled cake and enjoy! (I actually liked it better without the icing.)

And we did enjoy!! All of us loved it. We also sent some to my mother-in-law's house and she asked for the recipe because she and her cousin loved it so much.

Our other adventure was making maple syrup taffy. Now Hazel has seen this on Curious George and Caillou plus the book The Sugaring Off Party by Jonathan London also talked about it. After a couple failed attempts I got help from one of the Canadian bloggers in Around the World in 12 Dishes, and we had success. Hazel now wants to make this every year! The trick is to really boil the syrup and boil off some of the liquid. Then you pour it on snow. After a couple of seconds it turns to taffy you can pick up with a popsicle or lollipop stick. If you do not boil it enough you eat maple flavored snow (which is delicious, but not nearly as good). I did not get very good pictures of our taffy, but here is what I have.

Now Hazel and I have been enjoying the Canadian stories that we found in our local library. Here is the first bunch of stories--mostly picture books. Each gave us a bit more of an understanding of the Canadian culture and sights.

Then we had a large number of books on  and tales from the aboriginal people of Canada.

The Enchanted Caribou by Elizabeth Cleaver shared some shadow puppets and how to make your own at the end. I photocopied the ones she provided and here are the ones I cut out so far.

Finally we have our resource type books. These books give a bit more information on Canada as a country and place to live. Many also have a recipe and/or a craft in them. Unfortunately someone was not in the mood to craft this weekend, so we did not get to any of them. Many are also sources for the introduction above.

I have some music, but have not grouped it all together yet for us to listen to it. Hazel also wants to make the maple syrup pie recipe we saw in one of our resource books (well actually a couple of them have ones). If we do we will share our experience with it. Plus next month our local state park usually does a maple sugaring weekend where they teach about the whole process of making maple syrup and then have samples. We try to go every year. 

Around the World in 12 Dishes is brought to you by the following amazing blogs.
Adventures In Mommydom, Afterschool for Smarty Pants, All Done Monkey, Crafty Moms Share, Maroc Mama, Creative World of Varya, Glittering Muffins, Kid World Citizen, Mermaids' Makings, The Educators' Spin On It and The Mommy Talks
We also have available the Canada Placemat and Passport Pages to help you explore Canada with us. Finally we have our blog hop!! Feel free to check out all the great recipes and ideas shared and if you have any Canadian recipes, crafts, etc. please share them here!

Virtual Flat Stanley Travels to...

This month our Virtual Flat Stanley made his way from the Netherlands back over the Atlantic Ocean to Canada--Quebec, Canada to be a bit more specific. Our Flat Stanley this month comes from D in Quebec Canada. D's mom blogs over at The Usual Mayhem. If you have not checked out The Usual Mayhem, you really should. She always is sharing such wonderful ideas. She also co-hosts The Outdoor Play Party. It is always full of great ideas to do with your kids outside!
For those who are unfamiliar with our Virtual Flat Stanley Series, at the end of April, my aunt asked me to help out with her step-granddaughter's school project. The Flat Stanley they sent overseas was never returned, so she needed one to turn in quickly. I had the idea (since one from the same state did not seem all that exciting) to ask some of my fellow bloggers from around the world. Then as I started receiving pictures and short descriptions from various places I thought it would be a neat way to explore other cultures and places and for my readers (even those without a blog) to join in the fun. So if you want to participate (and I hope you do) you can visit this post for all the details and the template. Then you just need a child or children to decorate your Flat Stanley (or Flat Sophia) in a way that someone might dress in your area of the world. Take a picture of your Flat Stanley with your child (if you are willing to have me post a picture of your child on Crafty Moms Share) or just a picture of Flat Stanley. You can also take your Flat Stanley sight seeing and take pictures to make it even more interesting. Email me the pictures and a short description of where you live and I do the rest. We have made three Flat Sophias at my house already. We had to duplicate the first one which I mailed to my aunt and Hazel has enjoyed making them so much she wanted to keep doing it.
Vertical triband (red, white, red) with a red maple leaf in the centre

First a bit about the country of Canada. Canada is in North America and consists of ten provinces and three territories. It is the second largest country by land mass in the world and shares the longest land border shared by two countries with the United States. 
Projection of North America with Canada in green

 Canada is a federal state governed by a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. Since it had both French and English settlers as well as various aboriginals it is diverse and is official a bilingual country as well as a multicultural one. (Source)

A clickable map of Canada exhibiting its ten provinces and three territories, and their capitals.

Now for a bit about Quebec. Quebec is Canada's largest province by area. It is the second most populous province behind Ontario. The majority of the people live between Montreal and Quebec City (the capital).  Quebec is located in the Eastern part of Canada and its land is nearly three times the size of France or Texas. Most of its land is very sparsely populated. Quebec is the only province in Canada that is mainly Francophone. The official language in Quebec is French and according to a 2006 Census 97.4% of the citizens of Quebec are fluent in French.


The name Quebec comes from an aboriginal word which means the river narrows. It refers to the area near Quebec City where the St. Lawrence River narrows. French Explorer Samuel de Champlain named the colonial outpost Quebec in 1608. 

Quebec has one of the world's largest reserves of  fresh water. Quebec has four climate zones. Much of it is subarctic, however there also arctic, humid continental and East maritime. In summer the average temperatures range from 41 °F to 77 °F and in the winter from −13 °F to 14 °F.  
The average amount ofsnow in Quebec City is around three meters. (Source)

In Canada they serve homemade cake with a wrapped coin between the layers
at birthday parties. The cake is decorated with colored sugar sprinkles. The 
child who gets the coin in his or her cake will be the first child playing each 
game. At the parties children receive colorful party favors called crackers. 
These are tubes wrapped in crepe paper. They pop when you pull a paper 
strip. Inside there is a small gift--a fortune or hat. (Source) In Quebec, the 
birthday person receives a punch for each year plus one for good luck.(Source)
In Quebec an alternate text of the song Gens du pays, by Gilles Vigneault is sung at the birthday party. (Source)
Flat Stanley's Travels So Far
 The Different Flat Stanleys/Sophias Thus Far

Hazel's first

Hazel's Second

Hazel's Third

The Netherlands