CM March 15, 1996. Vol II, Number 22

Table of Contents

Book Reviews

CDNThe Stonehook Schooner.
Written and illustrated by Judith Christine Mills.
Review by Leslie Millar.
Grades 2 - 4 / Ages 7 - 9.

CDNVideo Rivals.
Sonia Sarfati. Illustrated by Pierre Durand.
Translated by Sarah Cummins.
Review by Leslie Millar.
Grades 3 - 4 / Ages 8 - 9.

CDNNanook and Naoya:
The Polar Bear Cubs.
Angele Delaunois. Translated by Mary Shelton.
Photographs by Fred Bruemmer.
Review by Jane Robinson.
Grades 3 - 6 / Ages 8 - 11.

CDNWhat's a Zoo Do?
Jonathan Webb.
Review by Jane Robinson.
Grades 3 - 6 / Ages 8 - 11.

CDNWhiskey and Ice:
The Saga of Ben Kerr, Canada's Most Daring Rumrunner.
C.W. Hunt.
Review by Deborah Mervold.
Grades 10 and up / Ages 15 and up.

CDNThe Working Forest of British Columbia.
Peter Robson, Gerry Butch, and Art Walker.
Review by Peter Croskery.
Grades 10 and up / Ages 15 and up.


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RE: comments made by the CM reviewer of Round the Twist: The Cabbage Patch Fib in your March 1st issue. From the reviewer's perspective the objections are valid. However, I must speak in defence of an excellent series worthy of greater consideration.

Round the Twist is The Australian Children's Television Foundation's most successful series, and has won several awards from the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) association, The Banff Television Festival, The International Emmy Awards, and the Australian Film Institute Awards. Round the Twist kits are sold by The Foundation to schools and libraries throughout Australia.

This particular episode received the Award of Merit from the Australian Cinematographers' Society for its cinematography, selected for screening in the Children's Program at the Banff Television Festival in 1991, and nominated Best Children's Television Drama by the Australian Film Institute Awards in 1991.

The series attracted large audiences and critical acclaim when it screened in Australia and in the UK (where it aired on BBC 1). Praise like this should not go unnoticed.

Round the Twist was acquired for broadcast by the Children's Programming departments of British Columbia's Knowledge Network, TV Ontario, and CBC Television. It was subjected to a thorough screening and selection process which would certainly dismiss any material inappropriate in content or compromising production.

Round the Twist should be seen for what it is. The series is fantastical, not instructional; the children are the protagonists and tend not to rely on adult intervention. It is delightful, upbeat, and much like the children's stories of Roald Dahl and Mordecai Richler whose humour appeals to children and adults alike. As a learning resource it fits easily into language arts as a creative writing tool.

For the reasons I have outlined, I am hard-pressed to agree with the opinions of the reviewer.

Leslie Elliott
Educational Sales

Duncan Thornton

Executive Assistant
Peter Tittenberger

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