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William Kurelek.
Montréal, PQ: Tundra Books, 1984.
unpaged, paper, $7.95.
ISBN 0-88776-102-X. CIP.

Subject Headings:
Kurelek, William, 1927-1977.
Farm life-Prairie Provinces-Pictorial works.

Grades 4 and up / Ages 9 and up

Reviewed by Carrie Gardner.

Volume 13 Number 3
1985 May

Numerous prizes have been given to this charming book whose naive illustrations have a particular charm as a picture of a child's view of the prairies. Children who read it with me, however, had these comments to make: they felt that it would be fun to receive as a gift, because the pictures are charming and yet old-fashioned, they also enjoyed finding out about life in the Prairies but felt that the combination of stories was difficult to enjoy as they had a limited continuity. Overall, they enjoyed sharing it with others because the illustrations were interesting to discuss.

It is wonderful to see the work of a great Canadian painter in the pages of a children's book. But for many children, the lack of adventure and momentum leave it as a lovely series of tales that hold a minimal recurring interest.

Carrie Gardner, Seneca C.C., North York, ON.
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