A Prairie Sampler
Publication Date: January 25, 2005
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Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet presents a sampler of the Prairies: the patterns of the land and its colors, embroidered with details of life and history, which make up the place she calls home. She describes weather so wild that you can sometimes make a snowman in the summer; the prairie love of the one-ton grain truck; the crafts and games unique to those living on the Prairies. There is even a recipe for Saskatoon pie! Heartland is a bright and bold tribute to the author’s “big sky” home, and is filled with artwork as beautiful as the Prairies themselves.
Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan. After receiving a degree in nursing, she married and moved to a farm outside of Weyburn, where she raised wheat, cattle, horses, chickens, and four sons. Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet is the author of several children’s books, including A Prairie Alphabet (also illustrated by Yvette Moore).
Yvette Moore is one of the Prairies’s most popular artists. Born in Radville, Saskatchewan, she worked in Regina and now makes her home in Moose Jaw, where she has established the Yvette Moore Gallery. Her paintings and prints are exhibited in many Western art galleries and private collections around the world. Yvette Moore, the mother of four children, has illustrated several books, including A Prairie Alphabet.
“This stunning picture book looks at various aspects of the prairies that stretch across North America…The vividly detailed paintings…add immediacy and a touch of poetry to the book… This lovely title brings the prairies to life for students across North America.”
–School Library Journal
“Each subject is closely observed and painted with great attention to details, often with a hyperrealistic effect, as if each subject were bathed in bright, white light and seen with the clarity of a new pair of glasses…Though the writer and illustrator…hail from Saskatchewan…both the text and the artwork will resonate with American midwesterners as well as Canadians.”
“[An] exceptional book…It’s a work of art that tells a story.”
–The Globe and Mail
“This is a gorgeous book that provides a fascinating and well-written account of life on the central plains of Canada…The paintings by Yvette Moore are numerous and wonderfully detailed…”
“What a wonderful celebration of life on the prairie! The author presents historical facts and information from nature, and then personalizes this with observations and anecdotes from her own life. The colorful, detailed illustrations are spread throughout the book and give the reader a glimpse of how life on the prairie looks. This is a book to be savored.”
–Joyce O’Donnell, Iowa State University
“Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet and Yvette Moore have once again collaborated on another beautiful tribute to the prairies…Children, as well as adults and seniors, will enjoy the fidelity of the paintings as they so accurately and artistically portray the prairie world. Both the paintings and content combine to give us warm and intimate glimpses of life in this celebration of prairie people and places.”
“More than just an attractive gift book, this information–packed homage to the Prairies will appeal to school and public libraries wanting to beef up their collections about our continent’s heartland.”
–Quill & Quire