Mike McCardell's latest book.

A little humourous reading

Two books are reviewed, Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada and Here's Mike.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada

101 Heartwarming and Inspiring Stories by and for Canadians

Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark

427 pages Soft cover

Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing

 

Everyone who is a true Canadian knows what that means. It means snow-capped mountains, hockey, wide open spaces, prairies, Anne of Green Gables and Newfoundland. The country is as diverse as the people who live in it.

In this newest Chicken Soup for the Soul publication, Canadians from one end of the country to the other write about their experiences in Canada. The short stories are vignettes of life in this country we live in and there is an element of familiarity in each of them. It’s a book understandable by anyone who has spent time in the Great White North. The quintessential Canadian spirit and character exists on the pages. Recording artist Amy Sky calls it a “love letter” to Canada.

Two Sooke residents are included, Nancy V. Bennett and Janet Caplan.

Bennett spends her days on her farm called the Three Sister Farm, where she raises heirloom produce and very small heritage chickens. She has been published in over 400 places including many Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Bennett writes of her experience in the outdoors and a cougar threat while Caplan wrote of a snow day in Montreal.

Caplan enjoys writing, hiking, walking her dogs and photography. Her writing, mainly about life and dogs has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Dog, Animal Wellness, Ocean magazine, Dogs in Canada magazine and other print and online publications.

 

Here’s Mike & Junkyard Granny, Whistling Bernie Smith, the Robertson Screwdriver, Pancakes and Eternal Truth

Author: Mike McCardell

295 Pages Hardcover

Harbour Publishing

 

Mike McCardell is one of British Columbia favourite television personalities. He brings a little light humour and a lot of homespun wisdom to his viewers and his readers. His stories are ones we all know; those characters in our own neighbourhoods, those places we frequent and those events which somehow transform our lives for the better.

McCardell is really a man of the people. He doesn’t preach and he doesn’t belittle, he revels in the simple joys and unique characters he comes across in daily life. This book is about little things, little events and big people.

McCardell has written seven books filled with stories and while he said he would not write another someone convinced him to do just that.

Here’s Mike is a pleasure to read, it makes you take another look at your own life through the eyes of someone like Mike. He persuades us to appreciate for ourselves those people we meet who have stories to tell. All we have to do is listen.

If you enjoy Mike McCardell on the News Hour, you’ll find Here’s Mike echoes his on air delivery.

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