Hey Canada! Blog Tour and Review


There is nothing better than receiving a good book in the mail.

Especially one you can share with your children.

I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my copy of the book Hey Canada! written by Vivien Bowers and illustrated by Milan Pavlovic. Finally, the day came and I opened my package excitedly.

Hey Canada Book Cover

This book is about a grandma, simply known in the story as Gran, and her two grandchildren: Alice who is nine years old and her cousin Cal who is eight years old. Gran, Alice, and Cal are going on a great adventure this summer. They are going to explore all of Canada, from coast to coast to coast. Gran wants to take her grandchildren on a road trip before she gets old and creaky she says. Alice plans to document the trip by writing a blog about where they are headed and what they experience along the way.

Hey Canada! is loaded with fun and interesting facts about our great land of Canada. Cal, the “official fact dispenser,” chimes in every once and a while with a fascinating tweet or a funny historical tale. You can follow him on Twitter at @Cousin_Cal.

I enjoyed reading about the various historical landmarks and tourist places found all across our beautiful and diverse country. I truly felt as if I were in the car along with Gran, Alice and Cal (oh and I cannot forget the adventurous and always disappearing Hampster, the hamster).

Can you imagine being trapped inside a small car with two young children for weeks – or months –  on end! And camping along the entire way as well. Gran is a brave, brave woman I tell you!

I learned a few new things about Canada from this book that I had not known before. For example, did you know that PEI has red sand and it is because the sand is full of iron? When the iron gets wet, it rusts and then turns into the red colour. One other fact I found intriguing was that the two bison statues located in the Manitoba Legislature were moved into the building by flooding the floor with water and freezing it during the winter. This way the heavy statues – they are life sized bison – would not damage or scratch the floor!

There are tons of other interesting tidbits of information packed into this great book.

Hey Canada

Author, Vivien Bowers, did a great job writing the story from the perspective of a nine year old. The text is easily readable and relatable to the age group the book is geared towards (which is ages seven and up).

Found throughout the book are cute illustrations of the main characters, photos of the places they visit, tweets, factoids, and find-it lists, as well as poems and hamster updates.

Hey Canada! is a must have book for any family or anyone who is interested in learning about Canada. It will definitely keep you and your children entertained and may even be a great guide in starting your own trip across Canada.

To learn more about Hey Canada! visit this website.

Happy Reading and Happy Canada Day!

Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.


  1. multitestingmommy
    June 28, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    I would really like to read this book with my daughter!

  2. pam young
    pam youngReply
    June 28, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    We thought it was a very good book as well. Happy Canada Day!

  3. Christine Lee-McNaughton
    June 28, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    We really love Hey Canada! as well! My 3 year old thinks it’s the greatest! Happy Canada Day to you and your family!

  4. Fab Frugal Mama
    Fab Frugal MamaReply
    June 28, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    What a great way to learn a bit of history & geography while having a fun reading an interesting story! Sounds like a fab way to while away the summer! Thanks for sharing – I’ll check it out.

  5. Just Us Girls
    June 28, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    I loved this book and so did my kiddos. Such a colorful, useful and informative book!

  6. Denise Glazier
    June 28, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    I had the pleasure of reading this fabulous book! Happy Canada Day!

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