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The Story of Maud Lewis

By Jo Ellen Bogart, Mark Lang (Illustrated by)

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Format: Paperback, 26 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: Canada, 01 May 2011

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Gr. 3-6, younger for reading aloud. Few children will be familiar with Canadian artist Maud Lewis or her work, but her folk-art style will easily engage youngsters. Unfortunately, the organisation of the text restricts involvement with the story. The book begins as Maud arrives at the home of fish peddler Everett Lewis, known to need "a wife and companion." The book then moves back and forth, sometimes confusingly, between Maud's childhood, during which her early love of painting was hampered by birth defects and arthritis, and her life with miserly Lewis. Chronological order would have worked better to draw kids in, but the reproductions of Lewis' wonderful paintings, with subjects ranging from birds in the snow to children in school, will capture attention anyway. The deceptively simple artwork, straightforward yet whimsical, will remind children of their own pictures. Lewis' works alternate with Lang's precise ink drawings that depict the artist's life, including the necessity of painting on walls and windows when there was no money for canvas. Memorable art. Ilene Cooper
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About the Author

Jo Ellen Bogart is the author of many best-selling children s books, including "Malcolm s Runaway Soap, Daniel s Dogs, "and "Gifts." Born in Houston, Texas, she lives in a pet-filled home in Guelph, Ontario. Mark Lang is a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. His work has appeared in the "Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Village Voice, " and other publications. He has twice collaborated with author Joan Bodger on the children s book, "The Forest Family, " and the travelogue, "How the Heather Looks." Mark Lang lives with his family in Montreal. "From the Hardcover edition.""

Reviews

More than an account of a fascinating life, Bogart s introduction to this Canadian painter is a lesson in self-determination A lovely and inspiring book. "School Library Journal" charming and exquisite this book makes a beautiful addition to any art lovers bookcase. It is also a delightful souvenir of Nova Scotia, a celebration of our rich artistry and artistic heritage Overall, a lovely book. "CM Magazine" a tale that works at every level it will appeal to everyone for so many reasons. "Resource links" Jo Ellen Bogart tells Lewis story with empathy and insight "" "Quill & Quire" [The] text is simply written but interesting and accessible to young readers. "ABQLA Bulletin" to be easily understood for young readers. "Books" the young reader is never overwhelmed with biographical detail, but is left free to absorb the essentials of Maud s life little by little. Soft-edge pencil drawings by Mark Lang add welcome additional details to this excellent picture biography. "CITY Parent" an exceptional book. "Winnipeg Free Press" It is a particular pleasure to read how Bogart deals with the artistic aspect of the book discussing Lewis style in a meaningful way The book deliciously treats readers to views of 13 of Lewis riotously delightful tableaux [Lang s] realistic drawings in pencil provide a gentle visual commentary about Lewis life. "The Guelph Mercury" Bogart handles the story of Lewis s difficult and impoverished life with great tact. Her declarative style says more than the mere words ever could a lovely picture book [that] will inspire curiosity about and admiration for this remarkable woman. "The Telegram " this beautifully-crafted picture book captures the heightened delight with which Maud Lewis viewed the world outside her small window. "The New Brunswick Reader" "From the Hardcover edition."" "More than an account of a fascinating life, Bogart's introduction to this Canadian painter is a lesson in self-determination...A lovely and inspiring book."-"School Library Journal"..".charming and exquisite...this book makes a beautiful addition to any art lovers bookcase. It is also a delightful souvenir of Nova Scotia, a celebration of our rich artistry and artistic heritage...Overall, a lovely book."-"CM Magazine"..".a tale that works at every level...it will appeal to everyone for so many reasons."-"Resource links""Jo Ellen Bogart tells Lewis' story with empathy and insight..."""-"Quill & Quire" "[The] text is simply written but interesting and accessible to young readers."-"ABQLA Bulletin" ..".to be easily understood for young readers."-"Books"..".the young reader is never overwhelmed with biographical detail, but is left free to absorb the essentials of Maud's life little by little. Soft-edge pencil drawings by Mark Lang add welcome additional details to this excellent picture biography."-"CITY Parent"..".an exceptional book."-"Winnipeg Free Press""It is a particular pleasure to read how Bogart deals with the 'artistic' aspect of the book - discussing Lewis' style in a meaningful way...The book deliciously treats readers to views of 13 of Lewis' riotously delightful tableaux... [Lang's] realistic drawings in pencil provide a gentle visual commentary about Lewis' life."-"The Guelph Mercury""Bogart handles the story of Lewis's difficult and impoverished life with great tact. Her declarative style says more than the mere words ever could...a lovely picture book...[that] will inspire curiosity about and admiration for this remarkable woman."-"The Telegram .".".this beautifully-crafted picture book captures the heightened delight with which Maud Lewis viewed the world outside her small window."-"The New Brunswick Reader" "From the Hardcover edition."

EAN: 9781770492622
ISBN: 1770492623
Publisher: Tundra Books (NY)
Dimensions: 22.1 x 24.89 x 0.51 centimeters (0.16 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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