David MacDonald

David MacDonald was born and grew up in southern Ontario. Both of his parents love to read, so the house was filled with books.

“Even before I could read, I loved books,” explains David. “My parents would read me stories and then, on my own, I would go through the books, looking at the pictures and remembering what happened in the stories. When I could first read a few simple words, like if, then, and but, I would circle them in any books I could find. Luckily, I used pencil, so I didn’t get into too much trouble!”

As he got older, David realized that nonfiction books could be just as interesting as stories. Today, he still reads quite a bit of nonfiction, mixed in with novels. “I’m usually in the middle of reading two or three books at any one time,” says David.

After studying English Literature at the University of Toronto, David became a writer and editor, specializing in books for young people. “Many people think that if you’re a writer, you must find writing easy,” David says. “I don’t! I work and work at it, making lots of changes until I’m finally happy with what I’ve written.”

In addition to co-authoring A Native American Thought of It (2008), David has written several educational books for young readers, and has edited over 40 books for children, including picture books, fairy tale anthologies, biographies, and nonfiction on a wide variety of topics.

David lives in Toronto, Ontario.

A Native American Thought of It
Format: Paperback

Inventiveness and ingenuity from North America's First Nations.

Everyone knows that moccasins, canoes and toboggans were invented by the Aboriginal people of North America, but did you know that they also developed their own sign language, as well as syringe needles and a secret ingredient in soda pop?

Depending on where they lived, Aboriginal communities relied on their ingenuity to harness the resources available to them. Some groups, such as the Iroquois, were particularly skilled at growing and harvesting food. From them, we get corn and wild rice, as well as maple syrup.

Other groups, including the Sioux and Comanche of the plains, were exceptional hunters. Camouflage, fish hooks and decoys were all developed to make the task of catching animals easier. And even games-lacrosse, hockey and volleyball -- have Native American roots.

Other clever inventions and innovations include:

* Diapers
* Asphalt
* Megaphones
* Hair conditioner
* Surgical knives
* Sunscreen.

With descriptive photos and information-packed text, this book explores eight different categories in which the creativity of First Nations peoples from across the continent led to remarkable inventions and innovations, many of which are still in use today.

Series Information
This book is a part of the We Thought of It series, a series which takes readers on a fascinating journey across the world's second largest continent to discover how aspects of its culture have spread around the globe.

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48 pages | 8.50" x 11.00"

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The Inuit Thought Of It
Content Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback

Dazzling inventions from the far north. 

Today's Arctic communities have all the comforts of modern living. Yet the Inuit survived in this harsh landscape for hundreds of years with nothing but the land and their own ingenuity. Join authors Alootook Ipellie and David MacDonald as they explore the amazing innovations of traditional Inuit and how their ideas continue to echo around the world. 

Some inventions are still familiar to us: the one-person watercraft known as a kayak retains its Inuit name. Other innovations have been replaced by modern technology: slitted snow goggles protected Inuit eyes long before sunglasses arrived on the scene. And other ideas were surprisingly inspired: using human-shaped stone stacks (lnunnguat) to trick and trap caribou. 

Many more Inuit innovations are explored here, including:

  • Dog sleds
  • Kids' stuff
  • Shelter
  • Food preservation
  • Clothing
  • Medicine.

In all, more than 40 Inuit items and ideas are showcased through dramatic photos and captivating language. From how these objects were made, to their impact on contemporary culture, The Inuit Thought of It is a remarkable catalog of Inuit invention.

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 10-12.

B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: Gr.3- Physical Science 

B.C. Science Supplementary Resource Gr.4- Life Science

Series Information
This book is a part of the We Thought of It series, a series which takes readers on a fascinating journey across the world's second largest continent to discover how aspects of its culture have spread around the globe.

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32 pages | 8.50" x 11.00"

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
$9.95

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