Pier 21

Pier 21: Stories from Near and Far

By Annie Murray

A review of Pier 21: Stories From Near And Far by Anne Renaud

Published on April 1, 2008

Pier 21: Stories From Near And Far
Anne Renaud

Lobster Press
$18.95
paper
978-1-897073-70-4

Anne Renaud has the knack of presenting Canadian history to young people, in this case the eight-to-10 set. She combines historical narrative, interesting facts, and archival evidence in the form of documents and photos, to create an enjoyably immersive experience for young history readers. Her new work recounts the history of Halifax’s Pier 21, for over 40 years the place in Canadian immigration. It was the destination of thousands of ships carrying refugees and immigrants from Europe, and a critical point of departure for Canadian soldiers in World War II. Renaud tells the stories of those who came to Canada via Pier 21 and those who left in warships and merchant marine ships bound for Europe. Well-researched and well-designed, with colourful illustrations by Aries Cheung, and enhanced by the reminiscences of individuals who remember their arrival in Canada, the book feels like a visit to a particularly interesting museum. mRb

Annie Murray is a Montreal librarian.

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