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. Volume XXI Number 26. . . .March 13, 2015
Ian Wallace is one of the grand masters on the Canadian picture book scene. He has illustrated other authors’ works (Celia Lottridge, Jan Andrews and even Rudyard Kipling) as well as being an author in his own right. This is his 25th published work.
The Slippers’ Keeper is more of a botany lesson than a picture story. It focuses on the early interest of Canadian Joe Purdon in the science of the propagation of the wild orchid called the Showy Lady’s Slipper.
Joe’s fascination with the flower takes over his out of school hours. He takes delight in passing his knowledge along to his mother and sister. He tries to make more hospitable habitat for the plant by transplantation and clearing undergrowth. He pollinates the flowers by hand. He chases off animals that want to feed on the Lady’s Slippers.
The text includes much detail about the Lady’s Slipper, itself, and about Purdon’s efforts to nurture its survival. The book is illustrated with watercolours that describe the landscape of Eastern Ontario and the era – the 1920’s and 1930’s – in soft tones of green, brown and blue.
Ellen Heaney is a retired children’s librarian living in Coquitlam, BC.
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