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Exploring the I & M Canal

Written by Brian 'Fox' Ellis

Illustrated by Vin Luong

Third in a series, this book celebrates the history of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Travel back through time in this interactive book that takes readers on a virtual tour from Chicago to LaSalle. This book is full of games and puzzles that explore geological time, natural history, Irish immigration, canal construction, life on a canal boat, and a bicycle tour on this National Heritage Corridor.

The canal linking the Illinois River with Lake Michigan, was, and still is, one of the most economically important waterways in American History!


"It is a fascinating book. My other activity books are not as good as this one. Please make another one." David Robertson, 4th grader


"I have never learned so much from a children's book. It made me want to get out my crayons again." Barry Cloyd, historian and author


Single Coloring Book: $4.00 (plus $2.00 for shipping)


Internet Special: Buy all three activity books for $10.00 (plus $2 shipping and handling)


This book includes much of the state mandated curriculum in Illinois History for 3rd and 4th graders. A classroom set is a great way to bring history and ecology to life and is often something the PTA is willing to fund. Buy a classroom set of 20 (10 or more) for $2.00 each. (plus $3.00 shipping) If you would like an odd number to reflect the number of students in your class or grade level, say 23 or 57, please call 309-689-8000.