The Cremation of Sam McGee

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Kids Can Press, 1986 - Canadian poetry - 32 pages
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In 1986 Kids Can Press published an edition of Robert Service's "The Cremation of Sam McGee" illustrated by painter Ted Harrison, who used his signature broad brushstrokes and unconventional choice of color to bring this gritty narrative poem to life. Evoking both the spare beauty and the mournful solitude of the Yukon landscape, Harrison's paintings proved the perfect match for Service's masterpiece about a doomed prospector adrift in a harsh land. Harrison's Illustrator's Notes on each page enhanced both poem and illustrations by adding valuable historical background.

Upon its original publication, many recognized the book as an innovative approach to illustrating poetry for children. For years The Cremation of Sam McGee has stood out as a publishing landmark, losing none of its appeal both as a read-aloud and as a work of art. Kids Can Press proudly publishes this deluxe hardcover twentieth anniversary edition -- complete with a spot-varnished cover, new cover art and heavy coated stock -- of a book that remains as entrancing as a night sky alive with the vibrant glow of the Northern Lights.

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A spine-tingling book with beautiful illustrations. - Goodreads
The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. - Goodreads
And the pictures are pretty cool, too. - Goodreads
Especially great with the Ted Harrison illustrations. - Goodreads

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This classic poem has been released as a twentieth anniversary edition with excellent illustrations. Children will enjoy the rhythm of the poem and the vivid imagery and humor. It would be appropriate ... Read full review

Review: The Cremation of Sam McGee

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This classic poem has been released as a twentieth anniversary edition with excellent illustrations. Children will enjoy the rhythm of the poem and the vivid imagery and humor. It would be appropriate ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Copyright

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About the author (1986)

Robert W. Service was born in London about 1874. He had a convoluted life that involved much moving around, from Scotland, to England, to Canada, to California. He worked in banks, was a war correspondent for the Toronto Star and an ambulance driver for the American Red Cross, and he served as an intelligence officer in the Canadian Army in World War I. In 1907, he published his first book of poetry, The Spell of the Yukon, and Other Verses This book included the well-known poem "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and this first brought him public recognition. In 1909, he left his banker's job and began writing his first novel, The Trail of the '98. He married in 1913 and the couple had a daughter. In 1921, Service went to Hollywood to work on a film version of Dan McGrew. In later life, he devoted himself to writing and traveling and he died in Brittany, France, in 1958.

Ted Harrison is an internationally acclaimed artist best known for his vibrant interpretations of the Canadian North. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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