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Highway of Heroes

by Kathy Stinson

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list price: $9.95
edition:Hardcover
published: Sep 2010
ISBN:9781554551828
Description

A young boy has lost his father, a soldier killed in action overseas. He and his mother travel the stretch of Highway 401 between Trenton and Toronto, called the Highway of Heroes, marking the route of fallen soldiers who return to Canada. This photographic picture book pays tribute to the sacrifices of those Canadian men and women in our armed forces and their families, while highlighting the remarkable patriotism of Canadian citizens who honour them.

About the Author
Kathy Stinson has published more than 30 titles – picture books, young adult novels, historical fiction, short stories, biography, and other nonfiction. Mother, stepmother, and grandmother, CNIB and CODE volunteer and member of CANSCAIP and TWUC. Kathy is the author the 101 Ways to Dance, Canadian Library Association YA Book of the Year – nominee (2006), and Highway of Heroes, 2012 Silver Birch nominee. Kathy lives in Rockwood, Ontario with her partner, Peter Carver.
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Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
3 to 17
Editorial Review

"The highly charged emotional nature of this topic makes it challenging to present in a sensitive and effective way. The choice of two approaches in this book - a personal perspective, and a more objective, factual one - help to balance the grief and loss that underlies the topic. It works. For young readers, the book will answer many questions about the patriotic scenes they are witnessing in the media. It will also help them understand the immediacy and impact of the current war. These well chosen words and images bring it so much closer than the historical view of Canadian combat involvement that is all recent generations have known since the Korean War."
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Highway of Heroes

“So, how did it happen that whenever a fallen soldier returns home to Canada, thousands of people line fifty bridges over the busiest highway in North America?”

Well-known author Kathy Stinson answers that question in a moving and informative picture book that explains how a grassroots movement became a living national memorial. She has really created two books in one. The first half of the book is a story, “One Family’s Journey”. It is a fictionalized account of a boy and his mother making the slow journey from CFB Trenton to the Chief Coroner’s Office in Toronto with the body of his father, a soldier killed in Afghanistan. As the journey begins, the boy dreads the long ride and wishes they could drive faster. Then, as they approach a highway overpass, he sees people standing, waving flags and saluting. At each overpass there are more people and the boy begins to take comfort in the crowds. They are there because of his dad, a man they did not know, but a man who is a hero. As the journey ends in Toronto, the boy feels proud of his father and proud to be Canadian.

The boy travelled on the Highway of Heroes, a 172 km stretch of Highway 401, so named by Joe Warmington, writing in The Toronto Sun. The second half of the book tells how the overpasses on the highway became gathering places for people in communities along the route to show their respect and support for the soldiers and their families. This section of the highway was officially renamed “Highway of Heroes” in 2007; the route through the city to the coroner’s office was named the “Route of Heroes” in 2010. Stinson also gives a brief outline of the conflict in Afghanistan and how Canadians are helping to rebuild the country. She steers clear of politics and focuses on the sacrifice of the soldiers, journalists and civilians who have been caught up in this war.

The book is full of colour photos — cars and people along the route, people with flags, ordinary Canadians paying their respects. Stinson’s book is a powerful testimony to this shared ritual. The little boy’s story is told with great emotion (and brought tears to my eyes), but the book is never maudlin or jingoistic. Stinson takes a calm, factual and respectful tone with the material and the result is a simple yet powerful statement about the reality of war and our response to it.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2011. Volume 34 No. 2.

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Highway of Heroes

In this fictional account of a trip down the Highway of Heroes, a boy and his mother are moved by the show of support from Canadians lining the streets and waiting on the bridges over the highway during his father’s repatriation ceremony. Full-colour photos and powerful quotations are included in a non-fiction section that tells the story behind the Highway of Heroes — one of Canada’s greatest expressions of pride and patriotism.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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