Canadian Animals in the USA

a second book of Canadian Animals

A Second Book of Canadian Animals

Animal books are a slam dunk choice in any public library youth collection. They are always popular, and I have weeded those books on condition more often than not. They simply wear out from use.

There is nothing particularly wrong with this book, other than the outdated language. The black and white illustrations aren’t as appealing as color photographs or illustrations. This book just looks dated. I am not sure references to Canadian animals makes any sense, especially since this is sitting in a Michigan public library. I find it kind of amusing that the publisher would use a political boundary rather than simply refer to these as North American animals. It’s not like these critters pay particular attention to a country’s borders. I am quite sure a few of these animals are able to slip in via the tunnel to Detroit or maybe on the west coast into Alaska.

This is an easy weed. Put it in the book sale and someone will pick it up for the nostalgia factor.


back cover

hoary bat






  1. Actually, it might make sense that the publisher (Macmillan of Canada) would emphasize “Canadian” in the title if they were hoping to sell the books to Canadian schools and families. Bear in mind that the year of publication, 1967, was Canada’s Centennial year and I can recall the excitement at the time about all things Canadian (e.g. Expo 67 in Montreal, our relatively new maple leaf flag, Gordon Lightfoot’s “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” song).

    Given that this book was specifically targetted at Canadian audiences, my question is how it ended up in a Michigan public library (and, yes, I know Michigan is a border state).

  2. I love how they show the mountain beaver posing in a regal fashion at high altitude like a mustang stallion. We have a mountain beaver bumbling around in our backyard and believe me they never look that contemplative. It came up to the door one night and bumped into it and squealed, then did it again. It was like being yelled at by a hairy football.

    1. LOL. Reminds me of the time a muskrat fell into our basement window well when I was a kid and my dad had to build a little ramp for it to get out, which took it about a day to figure out.

      Next time the muskrat fell in, Dad put the ramp in again, then put covers over all the window wells!

      It did entertain the cat marvelously.

  3. Actually, I like the illustrations — they are like woodcuts. Maybe the intended audience might not be the most appreciative.

  4. So maybe these animals’ range includes parts of Michigan. Ontario and Michigan are neighbors, aren’t they ?

  5. Birds are evidently not animals in Canada, being excluded from the list on the back, including the definitely fascinating Common Loon.

  6. Presumably this was so kids could identify illegal alien animals who crossed the border (or lake) into Michigan?

    But the boring illustrations do it in more than the title or text.

  7. There’s no question this needs to be weeded…not only because the content is way out of date, but also because I need to buy this little book in your book sale! I am a nature geek librarian and I love old woodcut/pen-and-ink illustrations.

    Even though “Canadian” is in the title, a lot of the species listed in the table of contents do live in Michigan. For example, the critter on the cover is a Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel, which ranges across most of Michigan (tho’ not Ontario, only the Prairies in Canada).

    My library (in Northwestern Ontario) also stocks a number of theoretically-out-of-jurisdiction nature titles – especially about the Mid-West and Manitoba – because there is so much overlap in our species. There are Western birds (like Magpies) and mammals (White-tailed Jackrabbit) which are permanent residents here but are not found in most of the province.

    1. “…the critter on the cover is a Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel…”? Sure fooled me. I would have guessed it was a meerkat. But then I didn’t know there was such a thing as a 13-lined ground squirrel. Kinda cute, actually.

  8. Bald Eagles aren’t exclusive to the United States, either. I even once heard they were relocating some of them here in Canada down to the US in order to increase their numbers.

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