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[TV Guide's Parent's Guide, Summer 1993]

The Year of Fire by Teddy Jam (McElderry Books, $14.95) Ages 6-10

A grandfather tells a tale of "a fire so big you wouldn't believe it. Ten thousand trees fell and people soaked themselves in the creek so they wouldn't get burned. Only a big rain saved the province."

Kid appeal: Details of the 1919 fire are thrilling. Having Grandpa tell the story makes it accessible.

Learning value: Story is based on fact and shows why history matters. "You're the end of the story. Unless you tell it to someone else." A-

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