Northwest PassageBook - 2013
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 Franklin. The song is moving and haunting, a paean to the spirit of the explorers and adventure, 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, annotating his illustrations with marginalia about the explorers, including the native peoples of the north. The book also contains the music for the song, a note on the Northwest Passage, maps, information about Stan Rogers (as well as a final verse of the song that was never recorded) and notes on the illustrations.
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.
From Library Staff
Two mythologies twine together in this gloriously illustrated picture book. One stream of text tells the story in song of Franklin and the men who searched for a Northwest passage in 1847; the other honors the songwriter, the great Stan Rogers, a Canadian musician of enormous stature who is still... Read More »
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 »