by Ted Harrison
Ted Harrison is one of Canada’s modern artists. This book is the first illustrated edition of Canada’s national anthem, “O Canada.” Different lines of the song, which is in both French and English, are paired with Canada’s territories and provinces. Each territory and province is described at length for a picture book. Adults will find the information interesting, too. I immediately thought of the winter Olympic Games in Vancouver (2010) just looking through the book.
The paintings in the book are vivid, bold, and colorful. Looking at the pictures will inspire students to work on similar art projects with torn construction paper, markers, crayons, and possibly paints. This is another book which is actually a song.
Student responses might include torn paper projects (mine is digital clip art) or oil pastels like in Siri Wilhelm’s Art Classroom. There are a few pictures in the linked slide show presentation that are inspired by the art in O’CANADA, which you can easily spot.
Happy reading and art, Carolyn