This a blog by a Canadian mother in Japan who wants her 2 children to be literate in English and steeped in Canadian culture. I review Canadian kidlit and adult books.


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  1. If only I'd had access to a blog like this when I was raising my kids! I still love reading excellent picture books and other children's books, even though I no longer have the excuse of small kids at home. Such books never lose their magic. :) I've had the pleasure of translating several beautifully illustrated Ainu folktale picture books in the past ten years or so. Thanks bunches for visiting my etegami blog.

  2. Hey, I just read this about page. I'm so flattered for the shout-out and am honoured that the Book Mine Set has helped out where Degrassi could not! Somehow I need to work that into my header ;)

    1. I'll sign off on that very unique claim to fame!

  3. Hi! You commented on my blog a while back to tell me about the blogging carnival. Took me a while to find out how to follow the links through to your blog but now I'm here...
    Have you found much of an online community of people raising bi-cultural kids in Japan?
    Great looking blog. All the best.

  4. Hi, I just wanted to make sure you didn't miss my reply to your question (thanks for your question!), so here it is:
    I learned a tremendous amount. When I went to school, the Constitution was not required reading. We learned about the basic rights the Constitution gives us. And I went to school while Watergate was going on, so I learned a good deal from that episode about how important balance of power is, and about how the Congress and the Supreme Court work to check and out of control Executive Branch. But I’d never read the document. Now I have an appreciation for the craftsmanship that went into writing the document, plus the Bill of Rights. I also learned more about the Commerce Clause, previously only known to me because of Supreme Court decisions I’d heard about. I learned how tightly stitched together our government is, so how hard it would be to actually knock it down. I learned how important it was to the framers that we have the freedoms we have, and how grateful I am for the women who came before me and fought for the right for women to vote. I learned the key role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Constitution, and the importance of prior case law, but also that they can acknowledge a previous error and fix it (Plessy v Furgeson was replaced by Brown v. Board of Education). I could go on and on.

  5. I hope you enjoy the game on Saturday!

    I've been looking through your blog for a while now, as well as football I also enjoy picture books too, but mainly know the ones from England not Canada.


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