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"O Canada" was first heard in 1880, but it was not until 100 years later that it became Canada's official national anthem. In this, the first illustrated edition of "O Canada," acclaimed Canadian painter Ted Harrison takes us on a spectacular journey across Canada, "from east to western sea." Through his joyous eye, Canada is revealed as a land of singular beauty.
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Ted Harrison is an internationally acclaimed artist best known for his vibrant interpretations of the Canadian North. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.From Publishers 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.
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Book Description Kids Can Press, Toronto, Ontario. [1-55337-581-5] 1992. (Mass market paperback) Very good. NP. 4to. The singular beauty of Canada described, vibrantly and stunningly illustrated by the acclaimed painter. There is a tiny spot of water damage, with a faint stain, to the top of the half title page, else is clean and bright. The national anthem, as it was written and stood in 1992, and its accompanying score is included, with text in both English and French. Seller Inventory # 124437