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A Prairie Boy's Winter Hardcover – 1 Sep 1973

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (1 Sept. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887760228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887760228
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 23.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,635,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A classic in our house 4 Feb. 2004
By "nxtmaster" - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is simply a favorite of our family. We really enjoy reading about the hard prairie life and school yard fun that William Kurelek portrays on each page. The paintings wonderfully illustrate the daily life on prairie and each are complimented with a small story. This is one of those books that you can read to your children over and over again without getting bored. I just ordered a Prairie Boy's Summer, which I am sure will be just as delightful.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A reminder of the past 10 Aug. 2007
By Richard S. Cybulsky - Published on
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Delightful in its simplicity but evocative in the imagery, this book is a treasure. It reminds me of the wonders of my youth growing up on the prairies. The scenes would have been just a few miles from my own family home place.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An enjoyable history lesson 26 Jan. 2013
By B. Spivey - Published on
Format: Paperback
What an enjoyable little history lesson this is! I'd never heard of it when I bought it from a used book store, but I instantly recognized that it would be a great book for our Kindergarten year of homeschooling (suitable for the next few years as well!). We've just finished it and indeed- it was perfect. We broke it into several days to keep his attention fresh, but he begged to do "one more" (it's broken into 20 little topics/pages). Each topic is simply and charmingly illustrated- so much more special because the artist is also the author. You can tell the paintings are right from his memory.
This is now a jewel in my collection, and will be cherished years! Looking it up now, I just learned there is also A Prairie's Boys Summer- I'm ordering now!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Childs Point of View 17 July 2001
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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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