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Scholastic Canada Biographies: Canadian Explorers

by (author) Maxine Trottier

illustrated by Tony Meers

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Mar 2005
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2005
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7


Meet five amazing adventurers and learn about their historic Canadian journeys. Meet five explorers whose travels opened up our country! Packed full of illustrations and photographs, this book includes the biographies of Pierre de La Verendrye and Samuel Hearne, as well as Jacques Cartier, who gave Canada its name; Samuel de Champlain, the founder of Quebec; and David Thompson, the man who mapped close to four million square kilometres of Canada and is still considered one of the world's greatest geographers. Canadian Explorers includes a table of contents, historic photographs and full colour art, and is perfect for curriculum use.

About the authors

Maxine Trottier is a prolific writer of books for young people. Born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan on May 3, 1950, she moved to Windsor, Ontario in Canada with her family ten years later. In 1974 she became a Canadian citizen. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.Maxine spent 31 years working as an educator in elementary classrooms, guiding children toward literacy. The students in her class, who of course thought of her only as their teacher, saw each step in the creation of a new work. They heard the unillustrated story, saw the roughs, and were the first to view the finished book.Maxine lives with her husband William and their two Yorkies, Ceilidh and Moon. They divide their year between Port Stanley, Ontario on Lake Erie, and Newman s Cove, Newfoundland, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Both are wonderful places to write.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Scholastic Canada Biographies:

"[I]nteresting reading for children...precise language and clear explanations." —CM Magazine

Librarian Reviews

Canadian Explorers (Scholastic Canada Biographies)

Read the true stories of five amazing adventurers who explored Canada: Samuel de Champlain, Jacques Cartier, Pierre de la Vérendrye, Samuel Hearne and David Thompson.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.

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