The historic search inspired Canadian folk musician Stan Rogers to write "Northwest Passage," a song that has become a widely known favorite since its 1981 release. It describes Stan's own journey overland as he contemplates the arduous journeys of some of the explorers, including Kelsey, Mackenzie, Thompson and Franklin. The song is moving and haunting, a paean to the spirit of the explorers and adventure, and to the beauty of the vast land and icy seas.
The lyrics are accompanied by the striking paintings of multiple award-winning artist Matt James. Matt brings a unique vision to the song and the history behind it, annotating his illustrations with marginalia about the explorers, including the native peoples of the north. The book also contains the music for the song, a note on the Northwest Passage, maps, information about Stan Rogers (as well as a final verse of the song that was never recorded) and notes on the illustrations.
Following on the success of Canadian Railroad Trilogy, this is another beautiful book in which a memorable song illuminates a fascinating history that has taken on new resonance today.
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd ,Canada
Number of pages: 56
Weight: 666 g
Dimensions: 311 x 235 mm
"[S]imple and profound." The New York Times
Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration
A Kirkus Best Book
Finalist for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award
"This stunning portrayal of early efforts to explore Canada's Northwest Passage presents Rogers' 1981 song in combination with glorious illustrations . . . Both realistic and allusive, these images are as haunting as the song." Kirkus, starred review
"For a unique and exquisite view of the story of explorers' search for a safe passage through the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific, look no further than this beautifully crafted title inspired by a well-known Canadian folk song." School Library Journal, starred review
"[T]he sweep of James's paintings is spectacular; the invitation to 'make a Northwest Passage to the sea,' irresistible." Horn Book
"This is a dynamic and original introduction to the age of exploration." Library Media Connections
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