The Cremation of Sam McGee

The Cremation of Sam McGee

Book - 1998
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, [1998], c1907.
ISBN: 9781550746068
1550746065
Characteristics: [32] p. :,ill. ;,31 cm.
Additional Contributors: Harrison, Ted 1926-

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susan_findlay
Jul 18, 2017

Poetry is not usually my thing, but this book is just a work of art.

I love the meter. The way the words roll, each one perfectly chosen. I love the fact that it rhymes. (I know that poetry doesn't have to, but the stuff that doesn't rarely feels poetic to me). And I love how the rhymes just fall naturally in the middle of sentences. So much thought went into every word choice and placement! But it doesn't feel like that. It's like watching an expert athlete. All the hard work they put in makes the final product look effortless.

I also need to credit the beautiful illustrations of Ted Harrison which do a lovely job of setting the scene, using colour in remarkable ways.

Highly recommend this short but beautiful book.

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glenna14
Nov 09, 2016

The illustrations are what make this book a national treasure. Every home should have a hard copy of this beautiful poem.

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 13, 2010

A legend from the days of the Yukon Gold Rush about what the Arctic cold can do to a man. Grade 4 - 12

quagga Feb 26, 2010

A legend from the days of the Yukon Gold Rush about what the Arctic cold can do to a man.

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DavidB
Jan 05, 2009

The Nothern Lights have seen queer sights but the queerest they ever did see, was that night on the marge of Lake Laberge I cremated Sam McGee

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DavidB
Jan 02, 2009

The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Labarge
I cremated Sam McGee.

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quagga Feb 26, 2010

quagga thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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