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Emily Carr

At the Edge of the World

by Jo Ellen Bogart
illustrated by Maxwell Newhouse

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art, painting, historical
list price: $24.99
published: 2003
publisher: Tundra

Shortlisted for the 2005-2006 Red Cedar Book Award, Nonfiction

Selected as Honour Book by the Children's Literature Roundtable Information Book of the Year

The brilliant artist Emily Carr lived at the edge. When she was born, in 1871, Victoria, British Columbia was a small, insular place. She was at the edge of a society that expected well-bred young ladies to marry. For years, she was at the edge of the world of artists she longed to join.

Emily Carr’s life was not an easy one. She struggled against a family that did not approve of her art and against poor health. She found her pleasures in her many pets – a Javanese monkey named Woo, parrots, and many beloved dogs. Later, she would meet the artists of the Group of Seven and among them find her soul mates.

When illness put a stop to her painting, she found expression and comfort in her writing. Her book Klee Wyck received Canada’s highest literary honor – the Governor General’s Award.

Emily Carr: At the Edge of the World is an introduction to this remarkable artist and her paintings.

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Jo Ellen Bogart is the author of many best-selling children’s books including Jeremiah Learns to Read, Daniel’s Dogs, and Gifts. She has degrees in elementary education and psychology from the University of Texas and now writes full time. Jo Ellen Bogart has won the Ruth Schwartz Award and has been short-listed for the Mr. Christie’s Book Award. Born in Houston, Texas, she now lives in a pet-filled home in Guelph, Ontario.

Maxwell Newhouse is one of the country’s most accomplished folk artists. His first picture book was Laura Secord: A Story of Courage written by Janet Lunn. Maxwell Newhouse lives in Cultus Lake, British Columbia.

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Editorial Review

“With an excellent-quality, full-color reproduction of Carr’s work facing every page of text, this is a gorgeous look at the Canadian artist’s life…”
School Library Journal

“This beautiful biography…will interest a wide variety of readers…. The finely detailed line drawings…by folk artist Maxwell Newhouse capture the very essence of Emily’s appearance, her charming pets and her vigorous creativity. The text is thoughtful, sensitive and respectful…. Jo Ellen Bogart is able to give the reader a glimpse into the creative heart of an artist and let readers know about the person in a very accessible and readable book… Highly Recommended.”
CM Magazine
“…a crisply written biography, filled with well-chosen detail…. Folk artist Maxwell Newhouse supplies airy, whimsical pen-and-ink line drawings that provide a nice contrast to the brooding intensity of Carr’s oils.”
Quill & Quire
“…excellent…. Illustrator Maxwell Newhouse has complemented the full-color reproductions of Carr’s work with folksy drawings featuring scenes of her life.”
Toronto Sun
“…an accessible biography of an extraordinary artist, enhanced by lovely reproductions of her paintings, and by Maxwell Newhouse’s appealing folk art sketches…. [A] fascinating account…”
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Jo Ellen Bogart

Jo Ellen Bogart a obtenu des diplômes en éducation et en psychologie de l'Université du Texas à Austin. Ses albums à succès ont été mis en nomination et ont gagné de nombreux prix, y compris le prix Ruth et Sylvia Schwartz, le Mr. Christie Book Award et le prix Amelia Frances Howard- Gibbon. Son album illustré Cadeaux a été sélectionné pour le programme de lecture Un livre à moi TD, un programme qui offre un livre à tous les élèves de première année au Canada. Jo Ellen habite à Guelph, en Ontario.

Jo Ellen Bogart is the author of many Books, including Malcom's Runaway Soap, Daniel's Dog, Sarah Saw A Blue Macaw, Two Too Many, Mama's Bed, Gifts, and Money: Make It, Spend It, Save It. She lives in Guelph, Ontario.
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