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O Canada
     

O Canada

by Ted Harrison
 

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"This is at once a patriotic tribute by an adopted +native son,' and an introduction to Canada for children in the U.S. Originally published in Canada . . . this new version has the same extraordinary illustrations . . . but the all-English text has been expanded to include several informative paragraphs about each province. . . . A beautiful picture book." -- School

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"This is at once a patriotic tribute by an adopted +native son,' and an introduction to Canada for children in the U.S. Originally published in Canada . . . this new version has the same extraordinary illustrations . . . but the all-English text has been expanded to include several informative paragraphs about each province. . . . A beautiful picture book." -- School Library Journal

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Where America the Beautiful (see review, p. 77) pays tribute to the 50 states, Harrison's handsome picture book is a praise song in honor of ``this beautiful land to the north . . . to me a land of color and wonder.'' Each province and territory in Canada is described in page-length text and facing illustration. Short on dates and other historical facts--perhaps because the book was originally published in Canada, where inclusion of such information might have seemed redundant--the text emphasizes Harrison's personal tastes. His sensibility, while good-spirited, may not export easily: young American readers won't understand many of Harrison's casual references. For example, when discussing Prince Edward Island, he states, without explanation, ``Friendships last a lifetime, just as they did in the time of Anne of Green Gables .'' Harrison's acrylics are whimsically stylized: mounted police, reindeer, a lighthouse, a quaint Nova Scotia cottage, mountains emerging in bold compositions of pinks, blues, yellows and orange. The effect is much like a series of appliqueed quilts. Other volumes may show more of the actual Canada in photographs, but this book winningly portrays one man's vision of the land he loves. A final spread includes the music and lyrics, both English and French, to the anthem ``O Canada.'' Ages 5-7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Ted Harrison was born in England and has lived in many countries, but he settled in the Yukon Territory, a land of "...mountains, lakes, ...and the tundra, where there are still plants growing...that were around when the great woolly mammoth roamed." In O Canada, the author/artist shares impressions of each of his adopted homeland's provinces and territories on paired pages: heartfelt words on the left, vibrant paintings on the right; from Newfoundland and Labrador to the Northwest Territories.
Carolyn Phelan
Although the national anthem "O Canada" appears at the end of the book, along with piano music and French as well as English texts, this is not an illustrated version of the song, but a province-by-province tour of the country. Harrison, who has also illustrated "A Northern Alphabet" (1989) and Robert Service's "The Cremation of Sam McGee" (1987) and "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" (1988) with his haunting artwork, here paints in his signature style: colored-line drawings filled in with unshaded tones, subtle and distinctive combinations of hues, and rhythmic repetition of shapes and lines. On each left-hand page are a few paragraphs about the land and people of the province or territory, while on the facing page is a large painting, generally a landscape or seascape with occasional figures of people or animals. For facts on Canada, get the encyclopedia; for a brief, beautiful introduction to the provinces and territories, get this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395660751
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/02/1993
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.48(w) x 12.30(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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