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Northwest Passage

Rogers, Stan (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration Award-winning artist Matt James takes the iconic song "Northwest Passage" by legendary Canadian songwriter and singer Stan Rogers and tells the dramatic story of the search for the elusive route through the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific, which for hundreds of years and once again today, nations, explorers and commercial interests have dreamt of conquering, often with tragic consequences. For hundreds of years explorers attempted to find the Northwest Passage - a route through Canada's northern waters to the Pacific Ocean and Asia. Others attempted to find a land route. Many hundreds of men perished in the attempt, until finally, in 1906, Roald Amundsen completed the voyage by ship. Today global warming has brought interest in the passage back to a fever pitch as nations contend with each other over its control and future uses. The historic search inspired Canadian folk musician Stan Rogers to write "Northwest Passage", a song that has become a widely known favorite since its 1981 release. It describes Stan's own journey overland as he contemplates the arduous journeys of some of the explorers, including Kelsey, Mackenzie, Thompson and especially Franklin. The song is moving and haunting, a paean to the adventurous spirit of the explorers and to the beauty of the vast land and icy seas. The lyrics are accompanied by the striking paintings of multiple award-winning artist Matt James. Matt brings a unique vision to the song and the history behind it, providing commentary on the Franklin expedition and its failure to heed the wisdom of Inuit living in the North. The book also contains the music for the song (as well as a final verse that was never recorded), maps, a timeline of Arctic exploration, mini-biographies and portraits of the principal explorers, and suggestions for further reading. Following on the success of Canadian Railroad Trilogy, this is another beautiful book in which a memorable song illuminates a fascinating history that has taken on new resonance today.
Authors: Rogers, Stan
Title: Northwest Passage
Publisher: Toronto ;, Berkeley :, Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press,, 2013
Characteristics: 52 unnumbered pages :,colour illustrations, music ;,32 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Stan Rogers ; as seen by Matt James
Additional Contributors: James, Matt - 1973-
ISBN: 9781554981533
1554981530
Branch Call Number: j 811.54 R729n 2013 Beginning Facts
Copyright Date: ©2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Physical Form Available: Issued also in electronic format
Subject Headings: Songs, English Canada Texts Northwest Passage Juvenile poetry Northwest Passage Juvenile literature Arctic regions Discovery and exploration Juvenile literature Canada, Northern History Juvenile literature
Topical Term: Songs, English
Additional Physical Form Entry: Rogers, Stan. Northwest Passage. Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2013. (CaOONL)20139003819
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Comment by: multcolib_alisonk Jun 19, 2014

I like how this picture book works on so many levels. Follow the lyrics at the top of each page to learn about the ill-fated Franklin and his crew who, in 1845, tried to find a Northwest Passage through the Arctic to Asia. If you want to know more, read the detailed history on each page. Matt Jam... Read More »


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Jun 19, 2014
  • multcolib_alisonk rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I like how this picture book works on so many levels. Follow the lyrics at the top of each page to learn about the ill-fated Franklin and his crew who, in 1845, tried to find a Northwest Passage through the Arctic to Asia. If you want to know more, read the detailed history on each page. Matt James provides gorgeous illustrations that depict Stan Rogers and his dog in his VW van, contemplating Franklin's voyage while making his own cross-country jouney. And of course, those of you who know it can sing along.
https://multcolib.org/blog/20140306/northwest-passage-stan-rogers-and-power-song

Jun 02, 2014
  • AlanaS rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A wonderfully illustrated book using lyrics from an iconic Canadian singer. Would certainly suggest for anyone!

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