CM April 26, 1996. Vol II, Number 28

Table of Contents

From the Editor

As you know, if you read the fine print at the bottom of our pages, CM is published by the Manitoba Library Association. Now you might think that putting out an award-winning electronic journal, and paying our salaries, would be enough to justify the existence of any organization. But in fact, the MLA's responsibilities are legion.

For example (to get to the point), they present an annual conference aimed at library professionals and information providers. This year's theme is especially appropriate to CM's readership: "Libraries: Gateways to Many Worlds." Presenters range from Srinija Srinivasan, the head of design and maintenance of the world's most intuitive and efficient World wide Web site, YAHOO!, to noted YA author Margaret Buffie speaking on "Wanted: Peter Rabbit - THIEF!" (about the effects of censorship on a writer's work).

Oh, and Executive Assistant Peter Tittenberger and I will be presenting on "CM Magazine: From Conception to Virtual Reality." There's more about the conference in this week's news; and of course, you can check out the obligatory conference web-site (

Note that after a gap of a few issues due to technical difficulties, the Great Canadian Trivia Contest is back this week. My apologies for any other deficiencies in the magazine in the last couple of weeks -- Peter has been on a well-deserved vacation in a thoroughly undeserved warm part of France. (Meanwhile, Winnipeg has broken the record for consecutive days with snow on the ground, and as I write this my yard is covered with 6" of new white stuff.)

As always, please send any comments to the address beneath my name.

-- Duncan Thornton

Book Reviews

CDNNanabosho and the Woodpecker.
Joe McLellan. Illustrated by Rhian Brynjolson.
Review by Lorraine Douglas.
Kindergarten - grade 3 / Ages 5 - 8.

INTO Is for Orca:
A Pacific Northwest Alphabet Book.
Andrea Helman. Photographs by Art Wolfe.
Review by Carol Carver.
Preschool - grade 3 / Ages 3 - 8.

CDNWhy Did the Underwear Cross the Road?
Gordon Korman.
Review by Lorraine Douglas.
Grades 4 - 6 / Ages 9 - 11.

CDNFrogs in the Rain Barrel.
Sally Ito.
Review by William F. Benson.
Grades 10 and up / Ages 15 and up.

CDNYear Zero.
Brian Henderson.
Review by Maryleah Otto.
Grades 11 and up / Ages 16 and up.

CDNPower Training for Sport
Tudor O. Bompa.
Review by William F. Benson.


 Notable Web Sites

 Collaborative Book Review Project

 The Great Canadian Trivia Contest

 The Little Math Puzzle


 M.L.A. Conference: Gateways to Many Worlds

 Third Annual National Writing Contest

Duncan Thornton

Executive Assistant
Peter Tittenberger

If you would like to print out an entire copy of this issue of CM we have compiled all of our reviews in one print file.

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