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Pier 21 Listen to My Story Pier 21 Listen to My Story

by Welldon, Christine

Discover some of the most important moments of Canada's history by getting to know the children and their families who arrived at Halifax's Pier 21. From countries as far away as Estonia, Italy, the Ukraine and the Netherlands (just to name some), these immigrants all travelled through the "gateway to freedom" to call Canada home. "Guest child" Jamie from Scotland and Jewish orphan Mariette were both sent to Canada as children to escape WW2. Heili's Estonian family boarded the Walnut to sail away from Soviet Communist rule. Luigi's family came from Italy to find work in Canada, while Maryke's arrived from the Netherlands in search of farmland. Renamed the Canadian Museum of Immigration, Pier 21 accepted over one million new Canadians between 1928 and 1971. Many were nervous about their new home, but although they arrived from distinct countries and cultures, each family embraced the safety and promises of a life in Canada. To arrive was to escape the past while keeping memories of their homelands close. Pier 21 was the first step toward a new life. Pier 21: Listen to My Story provides an excellent introduction for children to this key landmark in Canada's immigration history.

Paperback, 88 pages, illustrated with over 40 photographs, a glossary, timeline, and sidebar features on Pier 21 itself and the home countries of those who passed through it.

USD 12.95 / CAD 15.95

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