The Cremation of Sam McGeeBook - 1986
Upon its original publication, many recognized the book as an innovative approach to illustrating poetry for children. For years The Cremation of Sam McGee has stood out as a publishing landmark, losing none of its appeal both as a read-aloud and as a work of art. Kids Can Press proudly publishes this deluxe hardcover twentieth anniversary edition -- complete with a spot-varnished cover, new cover art and heavy coated stock -- of a book that remains as entrancing as a night sky alive with the vibrant glow of the Northern Lights.
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The poem is a classic, but the illustrations go well beyond the text and make it incredibly engaging. Very interesting conversations with my three year old have resulted, on themes of cold, work and death.
yes the title is a little off putting. But the poem is fun and pertinent to the Yukon. Representation of Robert Services popular work and beautifully illustrated by artist Ted Harrison.
Poetry is not usually my thing, but this book is just a work of art.
I love the meter. The way the words roll, each one perfectly chosen. I love the fact that it rhymes. (I know that poetry doesn't have to, but the stuff that doesn't rarely feels poetic to me). And I love how the rhymes just fall naturally in the middle of sentences. So much thought went into every word choice and placement! But it doesn't feel like that. It's like watching an expert athlete. All the hard work they put in makes the final product look effortless.
I also need to credit the beautiful illustrations of Ted Harrison which do a lovely job of setting the scene, using colour in remarkable ways.
Highly recommend this short but beautiful book.
The illustrations are what make this book a national treasure. Every home should have a hard copy of this beautiful poem.
A legend from the days of the Yukon Gold Rush about what the Arctic cold can do to a man. Grade 4 - 12
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The Nothern Lights have seen queer sights but the queerest they ever did see, was that night on the marge of Lake Laberge I cremated Sam McGee
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