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School Services of Canada, 1991. VHS cassette, 20 min., $109.00 (includes guide). (Meet the Author series).
Distributed by School Services of Canada, 66 Portland St., Toronto, Ont. M5V 2M8

Grades 4 to 6/Ages 9 to 11
Reviewed by Katy Campbell-Bonar.

Volume 19 Number 5
1991 October

Barbara Reid has won acclaim from many sources for her innovative illustrations for children's books. This program explores her unusual tech­niques, which use Plasticine as the medium, and intimately follows the making of an illustration from idea to sketch to production. Pre-planning and advance preparation are emphasized.

One of a series of twenty-four titles, this program is available in French and English. From the point of view of listening comprehension, the French-language version is gently paced, with appropriate pauses and choice of non-competitive soundtrack. The level of French is suitable for middle elementary school children who are native speakers or who have been in Immersion pro­grams for some time. Although lan­guage concepts are well illustrated by action, students of French as a Second Language might find the language too difficult.

The content is structured in such a way as to weave several strands to­gether: Barbara Reid's approach and philosophy, her early love of reading, family influences, and her hopes and dreams for an expected child. The viewer is left with the impression of the artist as a well-integrated young woman who has achieved a personal/profes­sional balance by education, persever­ance, imagination and humour.

Katy Campbell-Bonar, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alta.
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