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Explore Toronto by Patricia Hutchison takes children on a fun trip through Toronto and introduces them to amazing sights and facts. Take a stroll into the past as children see the history of Toronto as well as why it’s called a City within a Park. It offers an exciting look at the amazing mix of architecture that combines elements of old and new. The book delves into sights while also looking at the sports that can be found in Toronto. This also includes what there is to do in Toronto such as visiting the Toronto Zoo, CN Tower, and multiple islands.
Toronto is an amazing city which the book captures through lovely images that show children a wonderful picture of cliffs that rise up like sandcastles, narrow valleys, and the visuals of a City within a Park. Diving into the history of Toronto, a timeline is included that looks at events such as the first Great Fire, electricity provided by Niagara Falls, and the opening of the CN Tower. Patricia Hutchison perfectly captures the city as a multicultural place known for its industrial manufacturing and amazing architecture such as the CN Tower and Casa Loma.
Hutchison weaves fun facts throughout that teach children details such as about Sir Henry Pellatt who created Casa Loma, a notable location seen in the films X-Men and The Vow. The book offers a fun look at the Bata Shoe Museum and other explorations of the museums and art found within Toronto. Other fun facts include a sixty-foot Christmas tree, 120 vendors, and 5,000 animals in the zoo. Explore Toronto is a great resource to teach children about a new place that will open their minds about sports, economy, history, and infrastructure.