Covering Canadian Covers
Hello, I am Deirdre Mander, jumping in as Carol’s Canadian Correspondent. I have no doubt that the phrase “Canadian book covers” will conjure up images of hockey, canoes, and lots of snow. Well, I won’t take offence because there are many fine Canadian covers that use these iconic symbols. Have a peek at Per-Henrik Gurth’s bold coloured cover for Oh Canada (Kids Can Press, 2009) and see how many you can find.
Ok, so he didn’t throw in a hockey stick. The best hockey cover I know is Roch Carrier’s The Hockey Sweater, illus. by Sheldon Cohen (Tundra Books, 1985).
When I think of canoe covers, these two gorgeous examples are top on my list. Shin-chi’s Canoe, by Nicola Campbell (Groundwood, 2008),
Canada Counts, by Charles Pachter
illus. by Kim LaFave (Cormorant Books, Inc., 2009)
And yes, it does snow a lot here (although it’s 20 Celsius/68 Farhenheit today). But kids love snow, as illustrated by Barbara Reid’s Perfect Snow (Scholastic Canada, 2007).
Lovenia Gorman, illus. by Melanie Rose (Sleeping Bear, 2005):
Matt Napier, illus. Melanie Rose (Sleeping Bear, 2006):
I will leave you with one more stunning example, Under Prairie Sky by Anne Laurel
Carter, Alan & Lea Daniel (Orca, 2004):
In my next post, I’ll reveal some wonderful Canadian covers that don’t have a single hockey stick, paddle, or snowflake on them. So have a good day – eh?!