It's easy to start instilling Canadiana in the children early. Right after you've heaved a grateful sigh of relief for the publicly-funded health care system that got you through the previous nine months.
So today, let's celebrate the abundance of Canadian-made songs, poetry and stories for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and early readers. In honour of the quiz mania that sweeps this great land every July 1, may I present my own. The topic: best kidstuff.
Can you name the titles and creators that go with some of my favourite snippets below? They are phrases taken from works that, to me, represent the best of the Canadian imagination.
Come back next week for a list of answers. Because if you haven't yet discovered these wonderful works, summer's the ideal time to do so. You won't find better books and music to snuggle up with.
In the meantime, post some lines from your own Canadian favourites using the comments link below.
Here we go:
1) Lullaby lullaby
Baby fuss and baby cry
You'll be sleeping by and by
Sleepy little baby
2) He could count forwards and backwards. He could zip zippers and button buttons.
3) I'm gonna shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Wiggle my waggles away . . .
4) Allosaurus, stegosaurus
All went off to dinner at the
5) "Hmmm," he said as his scissors went snip, snip, snip and his needle flew in and out and in and out, "There's just enough material here to make . . . "
6) I love you in the morning and in the afternoon
I love you in the evening, underneath the moon
7) And what if . . .
EVERYTHING was purple
I mean a WHOLE PURPLE WORLD
And there was someone just like me
I mean a purple sort of girl
8) "I shall never forgive Gilbert Blythe," said Anne firmly. "And Mr. Phillips spelled my name without an e, too. The iron has entered into my soul Diana."
9) Clang, clang, rattle-bing-bang
Gonna make my noise all day
10) "I'm Uncle Roy's nephew and I want to go to sea." "Ahh," said the woman, nodding her head. "Come in my little sailor."
11) There were five children, counting the Pollywog, and their names all began with the letter P. Why that should be no one was quite sure but Father said it was done purposely so that it would be easier to divide up the silverware when they all got married.
12) A mother held her new baby and
very slowly rocked him back and forth,
back and forth, back and forth.
13) My Mom doesn't understand about red.
14) "Take some," said the midnight tow truck driver. "Take as much as you need. You can never get enough red licorice you know. It's good for you and it gives you big muscles."
15) Old Mister Johnson had troubles of his own
He had a yellow cat that wouldn't leave his home.
16) He was two plus two plus two years old.
Happy Canada Day.