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Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids

Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids

Spring 2017 Magazines
Ages: 7 - 12 yrs.
Newsstand Price: $5.00
Subscription Price: $16.95 / 4 Issues

Recent issues of this dedicated kids' magazine have featured stories about Vikings in Canada, How Elections Work in Canada, 10 Great Prime Ministers of Canada, and How Furs Built Canada.

Some preoccupation, eh? To suggest Kayak is about all things Canadian is an understatement. This small-format (about 6 inches by 9 inches) publication is indeed, and in spirit, Canada's History Magazine for Kids.

Packing each 34-page issue are short, well-written stories enlivened by mostly illustrations and cartoonish graphics, all tasteful and polite. In fact, the magazine proves to be a wealth of Canada's past-beyond-the-classroom features such as, in the Viking issue, for instance, how the English names of the days of the week actually come from Norse gods; or in the Canadian suffragists issue, that Canadian legislators have proposed lowering the voting age to 16; and in the Furs issue, a primer in identifying animal pelts.

You don't need to be Canadian to appreciate the commitment and care Kayak embeds in each issue, or even some of its off-the-beaten-path stories, though reading it cover to cover, that would undoubtedly help turn the pages. For kids with keen interest in Canada, this is magazine is a gold mine of history.

Don Oldenburg   ©2017 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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