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Scholastic Canada Biographies: Canadian Artists

by (author) Maxine Trottier

illustrated by Tony Meers

Scholastic Inc
Initial publish date
Oct 2005
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2005
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7


Meet five outstanding Canadian artists who reveal our country through their magnificent works of art. Learn about the lives of five renowned Canadian artists whose paintings represent Canada, each in a very different style. Loaded with full colour illustrations and photographs, this book includes the biographies of Cornelius Kreighoff, who recorded 19th century life in Quebec, and Tom Thomson, who glorified the woodlands of northern Ontario. Also featured are Emily Carr, the west coast impressionist; Alex Colville, the east coast magic realist; and Kenojuak Ashevak, the celebrated Inuit printmaker. Canadian Artists includes a table of contents, full colour art including five full-page paintings, 15 colour illustrations, and more than 20 photographs.This book is perfect for curriculum use in both art and social studies.

About the authors

Maxine Trottier is a prolific writer of books for young people. Born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan on May 3, 1950, she moved to Windsor, Ontario in Canada with her family ten years later. In 1974 she became a Canadian citizen. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.Maxine spent 31 years working as an educator in elementary classrooms, guiding children toward literacy. The students in her class, who of course thought of her only as their teacher, saw each step in the creation of a new work. They heard the unillustrated story, saw the roughs, and were the first to view the finished book.Maxine lives with her husband William and their two Yorkies, Ceilidh and Moon. They divide their year between Port Stanley, Ontario on Lake Erie, and Newman s Cove, Newfoundland, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Both are wonderful places to write.

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  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Award (Atlantic Canada)

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Scholastic Canada Biographies:

"These high interest stories are great for introducing Canadian figures." —CM Magazine

Librarian Reviews

Canadian Artists (Scholastic Canada Biographies)

Meet five outstanding artists whose work gives us a unique glimpse of Canada: Emily Carr, Tom Thomson, Alex Colville, Cornelius Krieghoff and Kenojuak.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.

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