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Canada 13 Special Climb on Board! Stories by Ollie

Olive Strand's stories "Canada 13 Special - Climb on Board!" have a charming innocence that nourishes a child's mind. They are wholesome, constructive, light hearted and comical. Ollie, as she likes to be called, creates an easy read for the young and inquisitive.

Each of the thirteen stories captures the excitement and fantasy of the land of snow, beauty and mystery. It would be hard to choose a favourite as they all twinkle with delightful descriptive and heart warming discoveries children will enjoy. Go with her on a a trip visiting the provinces and territories. Hear the coyotes howling in Alberta, meet Bernie, the St. Bernard, who holds a secret along with the folks of Price Rupert, B.C. Enjoy the Mopsticks, Mickey and Molly, two mops living in a dark cupboard in the Old Town section of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Fly a kite in Newfoundland. Meet the barking pig in Manitoba and breathe in the beauty of the Iles-de-la-Madeleine of Quebec. The husky named Terry in Nunavut will surprise you. Meet the people from the Hamlet of Gjoa Haven.

Ollie has created a unique way of approaching geography and history. This is her way of opening up Canada and its diversity when dealing with the young mind. With her resourcefulness she illustrates easily and simply a portrait of a number of whimsical Canadiana characters. Her stories could be read by the very young as well as grade school students. They are delightfully composed, innocent like a child, full of sweet fun and in all picturesque. They stimulate the imagination with the richness of metaphor in the magical world of the child.