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ProQuest SIRS Discoverer Spotlight: Celebrate Canada

Lucy Maud Montgomery in a photograph believed to have been taken at the time she arrived in Halifax to work at the Echo. <br \> by "Maud, the early years of L.M. Montgomery," Harry Bruce, Nimbus Publishing ltd, Halifax, NS, 2003, p. 93, via Wikimedia Commons

Lucy Maud Montgomery in a photograph believed to have been taken at the time she arrived in Halifax to work at the Echo.
by “Maud, the early years of L.M. Montgomery,” Harry Bruce, Nimbus Publishing ltd, Halifax, NS, 2003, p. 93, via Wikimedia Commons [Public Domain because of expired copyright]

Learning about other countries and researching their histories and cultures are integral parts of any elementary-school curriculum. During the month of July, SIRS Discoverer’s Spotlight of the Month features articles and Web sites on the country of Canada. Not only does the Spotlight present information on the country’s provinces and way of life, but it also highlights Canadian people who have impacted our world.

Canadian authors such as Lucy Maud Montgomery, creator of the Anne of Green Gables books, and Farley Mowat, best known for his book Never Cry Wolf and one of Canada’s most popular authors, incorporated Canadian themes and landscapes into their works. Canadian scientists Irene Ayako Uchido and Ralph Steinman made great advancements in the field of biology. Canadian comedians John Candy, Mike Meyers, and Jim Carrey all started their careers in their home country. Even “Esther the Wonder Pig,” the pig who became an Internet sensation and helped convince many people to become vegetarians, is from Canada!

Visit SIRS Discoverer and explore all that is Canadian! We are pretty sure that you’ll learn something new about this beautiful and diverse country.

CultureGrams–New Expanded Texts

At CultureGrams, editors continuously verify and update the content in our World, Kids, States, and Provinces reports during several different processes.  One process is an Expansion, which involves working with several natives or long-term residents in a country to increase the length and breadth of perspective of each reports’ cultural content. Recently,  I added two new expanded World texts: Israel and Oman. Sections like Family, Housing, Dating and Marriage, Life Cycle, Diet, Recreation, Holidays, and Education underwent the most change. Just see for yourself.

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During Expansions, we also update and add to our Recipes, Famous People, and Photo collections. Over the weekend, I decided to try out one of our newest recipes from Israel, cholent! Cholent (also known as dafina in North Africa) is a traditional Jewish stew that is prepared before the Jewish Sabbath on Friday evening and is kept heated on a warm stove top, oven, or crockpot until a Saturday afternoon or evening meal. I made my cholent in a crockpot on Saturday and ate it for Sunday dinner. It was absolutely delicious!

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Check out the recipe for cholent and more here.

Have you noticed CultureGrams’ country reports getting bigger? What new recipes, famous people, and photos do you enjoy? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

-Jenni Boyle