Speaking of the UK…

v0_masterLast week I was talking about some really great news coming out of England about how they were using field trips to help improve children’s writing skills. One of the things that I noticed, of course, in reading about the places they took the students, of course, was that they were taking them to places that were very different from where we’d take kids here. In England, there are castles and churches that are literally a thousand years old!

Of course, in Canada we have some amazing historical sites as well, but I have to admit I love the fact that in Europe, you can so easily visit all the sites I’ve read about in my favourite books, and so many of them are perfectly preserved and almost exactly as they were.

And that’s why I decided to set the novel I’m currently working on in medieval Scotland, in the time of Robert the Bruce. Even though the events of the book would have taken place hundreds and hundreds of years ago, when you research the time period there is so much information out there. There’s such a rich historical record that I don’t have to guess what structures looked like, because many of them are still there! With all the research I did, I really started to be able to imagine what it would be like to live in that world.

Do you have a particular time period or place that connects with you?

Blog tour: day two!

We’ve got two blog stops on our tour today! Our first stop is at Uplifting Reads. I think this really was a perfect stop for us, since her site is oriented towards suggesting reads that, as the title suggests, are uplifting! Andrea chooses books that are heart-warming and desgined to give your spirits a bit of a boost–we all need that once in a while! I’m glad Andrea enjoyed The Three Saints of Christmas and that she too thought it would be a great way to open the door for discussions with youngsters on our pioneer pasts here in Canada.

Our last stop of the week is at My Mommy’s World, a great place to stop by for a huge selection of reviews and giveaways! Theresa’s a busy mom, but somehow she still has time to blog about books and products for children of all ages. Great to see a little bit of Canadiana making its way across the web. Thanks for reading!