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Capturing Joy

The Story of Maud Lewis

by Jo Ellen Bogart
illustrated by Mark Lang

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art, painting
list price: $19.99
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
published: 2002
ISBN:9780887765681
publisher: Tundra
Description

Maud Lewis was born into a loving Nova Scotia family who accepted her physical limitations. When her parents died and she was forced to find her own way in the world, she married and set up a modest household in a small cabin. Despite the hardships she faced, she was able to find joy in her life, a joy that she expressed through her art. She painted canvases of animals, children, and her surroundings. Her art spilled over into everything from dust pans to the walls of her house. Maud Lewis died in 1970, but her wonderful, life-affirming art lives on and is treasured by people who understand and appreciate folk art all over the world.

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Contributor notes

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.

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Editorial Review

“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.”
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“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.”
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“…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

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Jo Ellen Bogart

Jo Ellen Bogart was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in several Texas cities, but for the last 32 years, she has lived in Guelph, Ontario AKA Children's Author Central. She really enjoys running into writers and artists at the grocery store. Jo Ellen has a teaching degree from the University of Texas and has worked as a supply teacher. Though she no longer teaches, she really enjoys meeting her young readers and seeing what they have to say. Her own two kids are grown but she has a new baby grandson and is amassing stacks of books for the future reader.

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