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A Prairie Boy's Winter [Paperback]

William Kurelek
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Sept. 1 1973
Since its first publication in 1973, this book has sold more than 250,000 copies in nine countries and it has won more awards than any other Canadian book.

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“A dazzling way to introduce kids (and grown-ups) to Canadian art…children will be fascinated”

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“A dazzling way to introduce kids (and grown-ups) to Canadian art…children will be fascinated”

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`A Prairie Boy's Winter' has garnered numerous awards since its publication in 1973: Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book; A New York Times Best Illustrated Book; and, A New York Times Outstanding Book. Support for the publication of this children's book was received from the Canada Council for the Arts. Financial support was received from the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program.

William Kurelek (1927-1977) was a Canadian realist artist (landscape painter and highly regarded illustrator of children's books) and writer--the eldest of seven children born to Ukrainian immigrant parents in Alberta, Canada. He received an arts degree from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, in 1949; studied at the Ontario College of Art; and, at the Instituto Allende in Mexico. In the 1950s, he lived in England, and from 1956 to 1958 his paintings were exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions.

His art and writings were based on his Ukrainian-Canadian roots, his childhood on the prairies, and his Roman Catholic religion (he converted from Ukrainian Orthodox in 1957). Since religion was a very real, important part of his life and a source of inspiration for his works, many of his paintings have titles with quotes from Biblical scriptures, and even his initial "W" on his artwork shows a cross.

In 1976, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. When he died a year later, he was Canada's best-known painter. His four children's books received 22 major national and international awards. By the time of his death, Kurelek had produced over 2,000 paintings.

His books have been published in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Holland and Greenland.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Childs Point of View July 17 2001
This book gives an interesting overview of life in the northern regions of America (Canada) during the depression era. Included are favorite pastimes and games that the children played. This book was written with the youngest generation in mind but it will be enjoyed by the older generation for the memories it stirs. I'm of a middle generation and I enjoyed it because it gave me a closer look at my parents childhood.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book After Three Decades, still Charms! Feb. 6 2014
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Paintings are paintings, and homespun stories are just that. But combining both in a child's viewpoint is breath-taking. Beginning as a naive artist, Kurelek perfected his art form; putting details of his youth down in picturesque forms. Adding words to the paintings, is putting his works over the top. This is not the first book that I have of Kurelek; each one adds an inner depth to describe a passing part of his life, and probably, of yours.
Great to read one page at a time, every night, especially to children; look at each picture and discuss what is going on. A great learning tool at bedtime.
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