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Picturing Canada: A History of Canadian Children's Illustrated Books and Publishing [Paperback]

Gail Edwards , Judith Saltman

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May 8 2010 0802085407 978-0802085405

The study of children's illustrated books is located within the broad histories of print culture, publishing, the book trade, and concepts of childhood. An interdisciplinary history, Picturing Canada provides a critical understanding of the changing geographical, historical, and cultural aspects of Canadian identity, as seen through the lens of children's publishing over two centuries.

Gail Edwards and Judith Saltman illuminate the connection between children's publishing and Canadian nationalism, analyse the gendered history of children's librarianship, identify changes and continuities in narrative themes and artistic styles, and explore recent changes in the creation and consumption of children's illustrated books. Over 130 interviews with Canadian authors, illustrators, editors, librarians, booksellers, critics, and other contributors to Canadian children's book publishing, document the experiences of those who worked in the industry.

An important and wholly original work, Picturing Canada is fundamental to our understanding of publishing history and the history of childhood itself in Canada.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (May 8 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802085407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802085405
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #243,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Picturing Canada is a book that I will cherish because it has made me think about the books that I love and, perhaps even more importantly, about the children reading them. If, as I so deeply believe, that it is reading Canadian books that will tell us who we are as Canadians then Picturing Canada is an essential tool that will guide us on the way.'

(Jeffrey Canton, Children's Studies Program, York University)

'Leafing through the pages of Picturing Canada, I find myself floored by just how much is packed into this history of Canadian children?s illustrated books—and their publishing history—from the 1700s to the present day. The book is academic analysis, book history, and thoughtful insight all in one: an objective look at the many styles of children?s writing and children?s illustration throughout numerous periods in Canada?s history.' (Tiffanie Ing, Canadian Booknews, vol33:02:2010)

‘This book would make an excellent text for college and university students studying the genre. It will also be of use to librarians who have an interest in the history of picture books and their authors. I would highly recommend it as a professional resource.’ (Victoria Pennell, Resource Links: Journal of Society for Canadian educational Resources: vol16:02:2010)

'A groundbreaking study of children's publishing in Canada and of the material conditions and cultural shifts that have informed the production of illustrated books and picture books. They offer much more than this, however: by alerting readers to the complex issues that surround textuality for children and young people, they suggest lines of inquiry and fields of research that will build on the foundational work carried out in this book.' (Clare Bradford; Jeunesse Young People, Texts, Cultures 3.1(2011))

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'Picturing Canada is a book that I will cherish because it has made me think about the books that I love and, perhaps even more importantly, about the children reading them. If, as I so deeply believe, that it is reading Canadian books that will tell us who we are as Canadians then Picturing Canada is an essential tool that will guide us on the way.'

(Jeffrey Canton, Children's Studies Program, York University) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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