Don’t, not even for a minute, think that you should be done learning about Canada, simply because July 2017 has come and gone. Absolutely not. Canadian authors are an accomplished bunch, writing on every topic under the sun. DK Canada has sent me three of these books for review, along with a chance for one of my great readers to win one of them for themselves.
Of the three books, I’ve been sent, Our Great Prime Ministers is by far the most Canadian of Canadian reads. Designed as a Level 4 reader, it serves as a really good briefing for Canadians, young and old. The book goes over our nation before it was a nation, some of the issues that have divided us, and what has brought us together.
Most notably, the ‘Milestones’ of each Prime Minister are not just the shiny, happy ones written about in most textbooks. While it does not go into great depths to discuss issues like the Residential Schools, other (less than illustrious) fantastic accomplishments are. Things like the Chinese Head Tax, the Japanese Internment Camps, and the proroguing of Parliament are mentioned alongside the Trans-Canada highway, the granting of voting rights to women and Indigenous peoples, and the signing of the Constitution. Overall, it’s about as balanced a book as one might hope to find and certainly gives many discussion points.
One of the few pieces of dating advice my mother ever gave me was to ‘marry someone who was handy’. My dad is one of those people who can fix almost anything. My parents had never shied away from teaching my sister and I to do a lot of minor (and some major) repairs ourselves. Our weekends were just as likely to have been spent helping to shingle a roof as they were canning peaches or cleaning a bathroom.
To be sure, you have to decide when you have met your match and call in a professional. We have installed bathrooms ourselves, laid, tile, and replaced the window in a door. Even with all that, windows and exterior doors are something we would still leave to the professionals. This edition of Do It Yourself is an entirely Canadian Edition, meeting all of our building codes.
What Next? If I truly knew the answer to that question, I’d never have to work again. All joking aside, September begins some serious decision making for a lot of kids and their families. Deciding on a post secondary career path doesn’t need to be a dart at a board type of experience. Heading off to any school that will accept you so that you can ‘find yourself’ is an expensive luxury that few can afford. What Next? , written by Canada’s Career Guru Barbara Moses, helps guide students and parents through the decision making process.
Written in a work book style, I would suggest going through this book a few times throughout high school. A refresher here and there once you are in your post secondary training wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
Dr. Moses doesn’t just sign off once you’re off down your path. The last two chapters of the book are designed to help you gain a solid footing on your new career path. Tackling topics like work/life balance, overcoming burn out, and finding meaning in your work will all help with mental health and wellness.
What Next? Canadian Author Giveaway
Everybody could use a little helping hand. To help you down the right career path, DK Canada is offering one of my Canadian readers a copy of What Next? to get you started. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Open to residents of Canada only. Not responsible for lost or misdirected entries. Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received. Prize must be accepted as awarded. No cash value. Approximate retail value is $28. Giveaway closes September 12, 2017 11:59 pm ET Good luck!