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Summer North Coming

by Dorothy Bentley
illustrated by Jessica Bromley Bartram

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list price: $19.95
published: 2019

This lyrical, full colour picture poetry book celebrates the magic of Summer and Winter in Canada's North.

The text is only 193 words, but provides a marvelous sensory experience when accompanied by Jessica Bromley Bartram's strikingly apt portraits of nature's magic.

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Contributor notes

Doris Bentley,
Born in Ontario, Doris now lives in northern Alberta' Fort McMurray with their three kids. Walking in the woods, swimming in the Clearwater River, crafting and fishing with her family and friends has kept her busy. She is known as the "Book Aunt" who gifts books, which she believes are better than toys. Her close association with the Dene, Cree, and Metis peoples of the North has enriched her life. Summer North Coming is her second picture book.

Jessica Bromley Bartram
is a graphic designer, living in Ottawa. She has won several awards, including the Association of Illustrator's Award for New Talent. Summer North Coming is the second book she has illustrated. Charles (9781554554164, $19.95), published to great esteem in 2017, was her first.

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Editorial Review

"A full-color experience of the seasons in Canada's north."
Kirkus Reviews

"The somewhat Yoda-esque quality of Bentley's poetry appropriately slows the pace of the book's reading so that youngsters can absorb some of the details of Bartram's artwork. The summer pages are filled with lush greens punctuated by the colours of various flowers, birds and insects before giving way to fall's more muted palette. Colourwise, Winter North is a contrast of crisp dark nights and day's snow-blinding whiteness that are both eventually conquered by the warmth oranges of the sun's spring return. . . In terms of both its text and illustrations, Summer North Coming is definitely a book to return to and linger over. Bentley's words are rich in their sparseness, and Bartram's illustrations are full of details to be discovered during subsequent readings.
Highly Recommended"
CM Magazine

"This picture book describes northern Canada's seasons and refreshingly depicts non-stereotypical Inuit characters. If you've been thinking about how to honor #WeNeedDiverseBooks, then this one fits the bill.
School Library Journal

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