Northwest Passage
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Contributors:
James, Matt, 1973- illustrator,
Published:
Toronto ; Berkeley : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2013.
Format:
Book
Physical Desc:
56 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations, color maps, music ; 32 cm
Rating:
5-8.
Status:
Madison Middle - Teen Non-Fiction
811 ROG
McMurray Middle - Teen Non-Fiction
811 ROG
Description

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.

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Language:
English
ISBN:
9781554981533 (hbk.), 1554981530 (hbk.)

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Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
Citation/References
Horn Book Guide,,4/2014
Citation/References
Library Media Connection,,5/2014
Citation/References
School Library Journal,,11/2013
Description
Chronicles the search for a safe passage from the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific through the lyrics of a Canadian folk song. Features historical facts and background on the expeditions, the author's own re-imagining of the journey, and information on global warming and the struggles of Canada's First Peoples. Includes the musical score of the song.
Target Audience
5-8.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Rogers, S., & James, M. (2013). Northwest Passage. Toronto ; Berkeley: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Rogers, Stan and Matt James. 2013. Northwest Passage. Toronto ; Berkeley: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Rogers, Stan and Matt James, Northwest Passage. Toronto ; Berkeley: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2013.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Rogers, Stan,, and Matt James. Northwest Passage. Toronto ; Berkeley: Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2013. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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