Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Lurelu, the main children’s literature magazine in Quebec did an article on my Tommy Douglas book.
Here is the translation.
“You don’t measure your life by what you accumulate, but by what you give.” This meaningful message will guide the actions of Tommy Douglas, an empathetic and dedicated man. As a precursor to the Medicare program in Canada, Tommy Douglas has long fought for the accessibility of health care for the citizens of Canada, having suffered a serious knee injury in his youth. The presence of a chronology of Tommy Douglas’s life at the end of the book, as well as a few words about the author and the illustrator, offers an interesting complement. This album draws a true portrait of Tommy Douglas throughout the years. The reading of this pleasant biographical account goes to the essential. A story that we gain to know and to make known, to better appreciate what makes up our current heritage. With a nod to Huckleberry Finn, the cover page highlights the style used to illustrate this story. The detailed illustrations by Joan Steacy, full of emotion, proposes a comic book style. The images, preponderant, install a proximity with the reader. The expressions and the emotions are palpable. The text written in capital letters and inserted inside yellow bubbles, completes the illustrations. The whole becomes accessible even for young primary school readers.
KARINE SAINT-CYR, conseillère pédagogique
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)